Free condoms

The C-Card gives you access to free condoms, internal condoms (femidoms) and lube from a number of outlets.

C-Card is free for anyone aged 13+ living in Southend-on-Sea.

How does it work?

To be able to use the condom distribution service, you will first need to register for a C-Card.

If you are aged 16 or over, you can register online. If you are under 16 or prefer not to use online registration, you can register at any registering C-Card outlet.

Once registered, you will be able to collect free condoms from a number of outlets across Southend-on-Sea, including pharmacies, shops and public services. Outlets will let you know they are part of the scheme by displaying the C-Card logo in their window, and you can also view a list of current outlets here.

How to register

At a C-Card registration point

Visit a C-Card registration point during opening hours to register.

Registration usually takes about 10 minutes. You will be asked a few simple questions like how old you are, your postcode etc. and the provider will confirm that you understand how to use condoms effectively.

All the information is confidential and will not be passed on to anybody else.

View a list of C-Card outlets and registration points

What if I am under 16?

Young people aged 13-15 will be assessed under Fraser competency guidelines to make sure the scheme is suitable for them.

Online (16+ only)

If you are 16 or over, you can register online.

All you need to do is complete a short form with your details and watch a condom demonstration video. Once this is done we will email you with your temporary C-Card number instantly, which will then allow you to pick up free condoms at any C-Card outlet.

All information is confidential and we will not store your email address, it will be deleted as soon as your registration is complete.

Register online now

Getting condoms

Once you have you C-Card, you can visit any C-Card outlet to pick up free condoms. There are many outlets across Southend-on-Sea.

Outlets will let you know they are part of the scheme by displaying the C-Card logo in their window, and you can also view a list of current outlets here.

For services


If you are a interested in becoming a C-Card outlet, please email us at for further information.


If you are currently providing C-Card registration or distribution you can contact us to update your service details and request more resources on

Frequently asked questions

I already have an eC-CARD - do I need to get a new card?

The Southend eC-CARD app closed on 31 March 2021, meaning Southend postcodes are no longer valid on the app. If you were previously using the app, you will need to register again to get the new style of C-Card.

I've lost my C-Card - what should I do?

If you have lost your C-Card you can visit a registering Condom Distribution Service outlet and re-register to get a new one.

View a list of registering Condom Distribution Service outlets.

Where can I get a C-Card?

I'm having difficulties registering for a C-Card - what should I do?

If you're having problems registering for a C-Card, please get in touch with us on

You can access free condoms from Brook Southend, some GPs and other healthcare services.

You can also buy condoms, including if you’re under 16, from pharmacies, supermarkets, vending machines in public toilets and online.