Condoms & where to get them

You might already know this logo, but if you don’t it’s the C-Card scheme. Wherever you see this logo it’s a place where you can get FREE CONDOMS and sexual health advice, and it’s totally confidential: if you live in Plymouth or Gloucestershire you need to be under 25, for Somerset it's under 19 and in some cases under 25.

How do I get one?

1. Registration – a young person will have a 1-2-1 intervention with a trained worker and be assessed for what is known as Fraser or Gillick competency. This means that if you are under 16, you are mature enough to understand what sex is and that you are assessed as needing information and guidance as well as condoms. Don’t forget, the age of consent for all young people (straight or gay) is 16. We take consent really seriously.

If you are really ready for sex, then you’ll probably need to:

Be able to talk about how to manage pressure to have sex and receive other delay messages
Demonstrate how to use a condom effectively and correctly
Understand the ways in which a condom can prevent STIs and pregnancy
Know what action to take if something goes wrong when using a condom
Understand how condoms can be damaged
Know how to dispose of condoms correctly
You will be given information about other sexual health services and other distribution C-Card sites.

2. Distribution – Young people, if already registered, can pick up condoms when they show their C-Card. You need to get registered first though….

Click below for a list of C-Card sites in the South West. If you can’t find what you’re looking for then please email [email protected] or call us on 01752254406 or 0800 3283508

Plymouth C-Card and Chlamydia testing sites

Torbay C-Card

Somerset C-Card

Devon C-Card

Gloucestershire C-Card Two types of sites are listed on this document, Open sites - which are available for any young person to access and the other being Closed sites - these are only available to service users of that organisation. The excel document has a filter enabled, giving you the facilitate to view the sites by District or area and if an open or closed site. You are also able to filter the list to show which sites are able to Register (new people who require registration on to the scheme) and those that are just Issue sites (ones which will issue you condoms if you are already a member of the scheme).

Cornwall C-Card

For more info visit NHS Worth Talking About