C Card is a service in Ayrshire and Arran offering you access to free condoms or dental dams with minimum embarrassment, or fuss. Condoms and dams offer protection against some of the sexually transmitted infections, such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea and HIV.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The scheme is quite simple. You attend a Sign Up Point and receive a card, this allows you to pick up condoms or dams at a range of Collection Points across Ayrshire and Arran.
HOW DO I GET A C-CARD?
To obtain a card you need to sign up. This involves a short confidential discussion with a Sign Up Facilitator, they will talk about condom or dam use, what to do if a condom bursts, sexually transmitted infections and, if necessary, sexual health or relationship issues, and they will direct you to other professionals, if necessary. Although the Sign Up Facilitator will ask for your name, address and age, the only information that you have to give is the first part of your postcode and your date of birth. You will then be given your C Card. Click here for a list of Sign Up points.
WHAT HAPPENS ONCE I REGISTER?
Once you have signed up to the scheme and have been given your C Card, you can access condoms or dams at any of the Collection Points, show them your card and you receive a free supply of 12 condoms or dams. It couldn’t be simpler!
Click here for an up to date list of collection points in your area: North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, and South Ayrshire.
WHAT IF I AM UNDER 16?
If you are under 16, to register for C Card you will have to go to one of the C Card sites especially for people under 16. At these sites you will have a chat with one of the Sign Up Facilitators there before you get a C Card and can access free condoms or dams.
All staff are friendly and welcoming and will not tell anyone about the discussion unless they think you are at risk of serious harm. They will always consult you before telling anyone else.
The law says that you are not allowed to have sex under the age of 16 but there is no law against a young person having condoms or dams. Sometimes people start sexual relationships before they are 16, or they may want to try out condoms/dams on their own to see what they’re like. If you are under 16 you can access confidential support or services on offer to adults as long as workers believe that you are capable of understanding the information provided to you. If you are concerned about any sexual health issue, such as pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, or relationships, please think about speaking to your school nurse.