Agenda Item No


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Voluntary Sector Joint Liaison Committee


Voluntary Sector: 11th July, 2012


Vale Centre for Voluntary Services -  C-Card Project


Purpose of the Report

To provide the Committee with information on the work of the C-Card Project hosted by VCVS throughout the year April 2011 – March 2012.


That the Committee receive the report for information.


1.1       The Vale of Glamorgan C-Card Scheme aims to bring about a reduction in sexually transmitted infections, increase sexual health information, reduce pregnancy rates for young people aged between 14 and 25 years and allows young people to access condoms in their leisure time.


1.2       The Scheme offers friendly, non-judgmental advice regarding relationship and sexual health matters.  The C-Card Co-ordinator is especially trained to give advice and, if circumstances permit, give contraception in the form of free condoms.  The scheme is supported and guided by a steering group made up of sexual health advisors, Cardiff and the Vale PHS professionals, Vale Centre for Voluntary Services (VCVS) and the Vale of Glamorgan Youth Service.  The C-Card project is hosted by VCVS.


Relevant Issues and Options

Achievements in year


2.1       The Project has continued to grow and now has over 464 members.  A grant total of 10,402 condoms were issued to young people.  The Project also signposted young people, as appropriate, to other agencies and provided and issue based information services.


2.2       The C-Card Co-ordinator has been trained to deliver, specifically, Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) in the classroom, Train the Trainer is Sexual Health, Contraception, STIs and Young People and Liberating Life Choices. As a result of this specialised training, the Co-ordinator has been able to train any advisors in house from within the partnership and ensure that the standard of the quality of advice is meeting the required standards as detailed within the Fraser Guidelines.


2.3       Along with the 464 members, the Scheme recruited 36 operating advisors.  During the course of the year, the Scheme distributed from 25 outlets in accordance with the guidelines set out in the Sexual Health and Wellbeing Action Plan for Wales.


2.4       5 schools within the Vale of Glamorgan and Barry College have taken advantage of the expertise and skills of the C-Card Co-ordinator to help support their delivery of Sex and Relationships Education (SRE), Relationship Days, Healthy Living Days and other associated classroom activities.


2.5       In addition to supporting SRE within schools, many third sector organisations have been assisted and others have expressed an interest in the scheme to support ongoing projects such as the Gibbonsdown and Court Communities First “Urban Art Project” where bespoke training sessions are planned to be delivered.


2.6       The Scheme held an evaluation day to take stock of progress to date.  The evaluation day also enabled the scheme to critique itself with all current advisors participating in what was a lively, informative and useful session. 


Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

3.         The Project is funded by the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Voluntary Action Scheme

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

4.         None

Crime and Disorder Implications

5.         None

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

6.      The Council’s position on equality of opportunity is put into daily practice and underpins the delivery of this Project.

Corporate/Service Objectives

7.      Partnership working is a Core Value within the Council’s Corporate Plan

Policy Framework and Budget

8.      N/A


Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

9.      N/A

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

10. Social Care and Health

Contact Officer

Rachel Connor, Executive Director, Vale Centre for Voluntary Services

Officers Consulted


Responsible Officer:

Rachel Connor, Executive Director, Vale Centre for Voluntary Services