A c:card is a plastic card which is yours to keep and use to collect free condoms and other safer sex products on the c:card range.
This free service is managed by NHS Lothian and facilitated by ECSA as well as other partner agencies in a variety of settings – schools, colleges, universities, youth agencies, health settings, and many other places. So it should be easy to find a point that’s close to you and we will provide you with a list of all these points when you join.
The first step is to go along to to your local ECSA office to register and get your c:card. We just check that you're 16 years old or older (see more below), and we'll then give you a card.
When you get to your nearest c:card point you will be seen by a trained worker who is commmitted to providing a high quality service which is friendly, welcoming and easy to use. We realise that some people find it difficult, awkward or embarrassing to access sexual health services. That’s why all c:card workers will provide you with an open, welcoming service that treats you with respect.
C-Card at ECSA is available to anyone aged 16 and over. There are no upper age limits – no one’s too old to use a c:card. However there may be some exceptions in other local service providers:
C:Card is for everyone in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Some services impose age limits such as C-Card+ points are for young people between the ages of 13 – 16. C-Card Direct points are generally for anyone aged 16 and over, however due to the nature of some groups such as youth centres, they may only see people between the ages of 16 – 25.
c:card is a non judgemental service which responds positively to clients sexual health needs. We are an inclusive service which is open to all people – straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered. All clients will be treated fairly and respectfully no matter what their gender, sexuality, ethnic origin, age etc.
Any information you give to a c:card worker will remain private and confidential. This means that even if you are under 16 we won’t tell anyone else that you are using c:card.
It is vital that c:card is trusted as a confidential service. However c:card confidentiality is not absolute. In situations where the c:card worker believes that a person is or has been at risk of harm, workers will not be able to maintain confidentiality and must respond to this as a safeguarding concern.