Services for Young People

In addition to the Torbay Sexual Medicine Service, there are lots of services throughout Torbay for young people which also offer a range of sexual health advice.
These services can offer information and advice, and will keep your conversation confidential, even if you are under 16.  This means that they will not tell anyone about the conversation they have with you, even if they are asked by someone in authority, unless you have given them permission to do so.
If you need more advice than they are able to give you, these services can also signpost you onwards and help you find the information you are looking for.   Here is a map of all local services.  You can also see your doctor (GP) or your school/college Nurse for sexual health and contraception advice.  Your doctor / Nurse will also keep your conversation confidential.  
Young people under 25 can get free condoms, in Torbay.   This scheme is called the C-Card Scheme.  Condoms protect people from passing on sexually transmitted infections (STI).  The most common STI for  young people under 25 is Chlamydia. Condoms also prevent against unwanted pregnancy.
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Remember you can always access your GP (Doctor)
They should not discuss anything you tell them with anyone one else, it is confidential
GPs give treatment and advice on almost everything, including sexual health and contraception.
If you are under 16, you can be seen alone and get prescriptions if you need them.
All GP contact details are held by NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. Details are also available via the NHS choices opens in a new window website.

School/College Nurse

School/college nurses are able to provide a range of sexual health and contraception services. They are available in all schools across Torbay.
Opening hours and drop in sessions will vary from school to school.
Ask your school reception for more details, or see below for clinic times in your schoo

Checkpoint C-Card (free condoms) Chlamydia testing kits available Pregnancy testing

Checkpoint is a charity for young people between the ages of 8 and 17.  If you have something you’d like to talk about with someone, you can drop-in and talk to a staff member or a volunteer and get confidential advice and support to help you solve it. The drop-in is open every week day.  
7 Victoria Road, Ellacombe, Torquay TQ1 1HU
Tel: 01803 200100

Careers South West C-Card (free condoms)

Careers South West helps young people by giving independent advice mainly relating to training and careers.  They are also able to have conversations about having good relationships and sexual health.  If you’re 13-19, click here Careers South West: Looking for Help? opens in a new window.
236 Union Street, Torre, TorquayTQ2 5QS
Tel: 0800 9755111
Opening times
Mon - Fri: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Thurs: 1pm - 4.30pm

South Devon College C-Card (free condoms) Chlamydia testing kits available Emergency contraception Pregnancy testing

South Devon College has a strong commitment to equality and diversity, where Ofsted have said that ‘guidance and support is outstanding’.
Vantage Point, Long Road, Paignton TQ4 7EJ
Tel: 01803 540320
Opening times
Mon - Fri: Term time only

Tic Tac C-Card (free condoms) Chlamydia testing kits available Emergency contraception Pregnancy testing

Teenage information and advice centre, run on both sites of the school campus.
Paignton Community and Sports Academy, Waterleat Road, Paignton TQ3 3WA
Tel: 01803 403644

The Edge C-Card (free condoms) Chlamydia testing kits available

The Edge is a community café in Brixham with free opportunities for young people, and a sexual health drop-in. The Edge: Events Calendar opens in a new window.
The Edge, Bolton Street, Brixham TQ5 9DH
Tel: 01803 851414

YES Centre (Youth Enquiry Centre)

The YES Centre provides advice, information and counselling to young people aged 13 to 25, on a range of issues including sexual health and contraception.
11 Queen Street, Newton Abbot, TQ12 2AQ
Tel: 01626 202530
Clinic drop in times:  3pm till 5pm every Tuesday.
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