Collaborators Newcastle Council
The C-Card Condom Finder app allowed users to find and review places they can use their C-Cards.
The app was generated through App Movement which allows people to collaboratively commission and design their own apps.
The C-Card Condom Finder app has the potential to provide a single network of free condom providers.
Young people in the North East will be able to find places to access free condoms and sexual health information, thanks to an app generated using App Movement, an app-development platform developed as part of Newcastle University’s Digital Civics research.
The C-Card Condom Finder app allowed users to find and review places they can use their C-Cards. C-Cards are available for free to anyone under the age of 25 across the North East, and gave young people access to free condoms and sexual health information, with these services provided by a large number of participating outlets.
Mark Hedley, the C-Card Coordinator for Newcastle upon Tyne, explained:
“The C-Card Scheme is often the first experience young people have of accessing a service to discuss relationships and sexual health with a trained professional. Many young people coming along to C-Card outlets are not having sex yet but appreciate the opportunity to talk things through with an understanding member of staff and have access to free condoms as and when they need them.
The app was generated through App Movement, a platform developed in Open Lab, which allows people to collaboratively commission and design their own apps. Anyone can begin by creating a campaign and gathering 150 supporters who can then collaboratively design and customize features of the app, including its name, the colour scheme and the criteria for rating locations. The app is then automatically generated by the platform and released on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
Using the App Movement platform meant that young people were involved in the actual design process of their app. This fits within the digital civics approach of using technology to empower citizens.
Although most areas in the UK have schemes to provide free contraception and sexual health advice to young people, these schemes are currently fragmented, and coverage varies from region to region. The C-Card Condom Finder app has the potential to provide a single network of free condom providers.