Stay safe and sound this summer

File photo dated 05/09/10 of a pregnant woman. According to a new report some maternity units are struggling to cope as the birth rate rises. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday July 25, 2011. Last year there was one baby born in the UK every 40 seconds - the highest number for nearly 20 years, tonight's edition of BBC1's Panorama programme reports. See PA story HEALTH Maternity. Photo credit should read: Katie Collins/PA Wire
File photo dated 05/09/10 of a pregnant woman. According to a new report some maternity units are struggling to cope as the birth rate rises. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday July 25, 2011. Last year there was one baby born in the UK every 40 seconds - the highest number for nearly 20 years, tonight's edition of BBC1's Panorama programme reports. See PA story HEALTH Maternity. Photo credit should read: Katie Collins/PA Wire
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STAY safe! That’s the message from the St Helens Teenage Pregnancy service.

The service is aiming to ensure young people have the knowledge that will keep them safe and healthy over the summer.

In addition to the regular Teen Advice Zone (TAZ) clinic sessions at the Millennium Walk-in Centre and C-Card sessions at youth centres across the borough, there is a full programme of summer sessions planned - ensuring young people have regular access to free contraception and advice.

Additional C-Card sessions will run at the Lowe House Medical Centre, Crab Street (on the same street as Central Fitness and Dominos Pizza).

Sessions will run at the Demo Zone, ground floor on Tuesdays, weekly from July 26 to August 30 and in Room 8, Clinic Suite 2 on Thursdays from July 28 to September 1 (from 12.30 to 2pm).

Michelle Davies, teenage pregnancy manager, said: “The summer holidays are one of the peak periods for teenage conception.

“But we will make sure that there’s plenty of help or advice available for anyone who needs it.

“Anyone without a C-card, who wishes to gain free condoms, can sign up at one of our registration sessions. They can then get free condoms quickly and easily at any distribution point. Our outreach workers are friendly, non- judgemental and highly experienced in working with young people.”