Agenda Item No. 16


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Voluntary Sector Joint Liaison Committee: 10th July 2013


Report of the Voluntary Sector


Vale Centre for Voluntary Services - C-Card Project


Purpose of the Report

1.             To provide the Committee with information on the work of the four year C-Card Project hosted by VCVS throughout the years April 2009 – March 2013.


That Committee receive the report for information.

Reasons for the Recommendations

As required by the terms of the Voluntary Action Scheme Service level Agreement.



2.             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.

3.             The Scheme offers friendly, non-judgmental advice regarding relationship and sexual health matters.  The C-Card Coordinator 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.

4.             Funding for this project has been provided by the Cymorth programme and the Vale Voluntary Action Scheme for the past four years.  Funding for the next four years is coming through the Welsh Government Families First funding strand and the project is now hosted by the Vale Youth Service.

Relevant Issues and Options


5.             The Project has continued to grow and now has over 500 members.  More than 37,000 condoms were issued to young people over the life of the project.  The Project also signposted young people, as appropriate, to other agencies and provided and issue based information services.

6.             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, Liberating Life Choices and Are You Ready. 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.

7.             Along with the 500 plus members, the Scheme recruited 49 operating advisors.  During the course of the year, the Scheme distributed from 28 outlets (including MoD St Athan and Diverse Cymru) in accordance with the guidelines set out in the Sexual Health and Wellbeing Action Plan for Wales.

8.             Eight schools within the Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff and Vale College and the Guidance To Engagement scheme have taken advantage of the expertise and skills of the C-Card Coordinator to help support their delivery of Sex and Relationships Education (SRE), Relationship Days, Healthy Living Days and other associated classroom activities amounting to 60 PSE days and events.

9.             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.

10.        Throughout the project evaluation days have been held to take stock of progress to date with over 75 attendees from schools.  The evaluation days 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)

11.        The Project has received three year funding from the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Voluntary Action Scheme.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

12.        None.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

13.        None.

Crime and Disorder Implications

14.        None.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

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

Corporate/Service Objectives

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

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

17.        N/A

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

18.        Social Care and Health

Background Papers

C-Card Review - Appendix 1


Contact Officer

Rachel Connor, Executive Director, Vale Centre for Voluntary Services (VCVS)


Responsible Officer:

Rachel Connor, Executive Director, Vale Centre for Voluntary Services (VCVS)