Our Guelph-Wellington Community Health Van

Sanguen launched the Waterloo Region Community Health Van in 2015, and with all the learning and hard work and experience garnered through that time, the Guelph Community Health was launched in October 2016 through a 2 year Trillium Grant.

The Guelph Community Health Van operates under a partnership between Sanguen, ARCH and Public Health and is staffed by a interdisciplinary and multi-agency team made up of a Harm Reduction coordinator, Peer support worker, Public Health Nurse, Social Support Coordinator and a HepC nurse. The van connects community members with harm reduction supplies, such as new drug gear, needle exchange, condoms, etc; naloxone training and distribution; food, clothing, hygiene items, nursing supports (such as wound care, vaccines, HCV testing, etc) as well as peer and social supports.

The Guelph Van over time began offering the same services in rural Wellington, in Erin and Palmerston. COVID-19 has halted the rural outreach for now, but staff are looking at ways and locations to best offer services to the large and diverse geographical region of Wellington County.

Since the fall of 2019, the Guelph and Wellington County Community Health Van has been supported by Telus’ ALL CONNECTED FOR GOOD Program, and we are grateful to this community partnership that enables this important work to continue

Van Schedule

  • Monday
  • No Service
  • Tuesday
  • No Service
  • Wednesday
  • Wednesday Nights:
    Guelph – 4:30 to 7:30pm
  • Thursday
  • Thursday Nights:
    Downtown Guelph – 5:30 to 8:45pm
  • Friday
  • No Service

Stops in rural Wellington coming soon.
Note: On nights when The Van is out you can call or text 226-971-3957 to get an update on our location.
Many of the items on the van have been generously donated by individuals in our community- and we are so grateful for their help. We are always looking for new potential donors. Please contact Rene (rene@sanguen.com) if you have items you wish to donate.

What Do The Vans Carry?

  • Snacks & Drinks

  • Clothing

  • Hygiene Products

  • Referrals to community agencies

  • Supportive Counseling

  • Hepatitis, HIV and STI testing

  • Pregnancy Testing

  • Emergency Contraception

  • Nursing Services & Vein And Wound Care

  • Harm Reduction Supplies And Information

  • Condoms & Lubricants (including latex free)

  • Naloxone Kits & Overdose Prevention Training

  • Sharps Containers Pickups

We Need Your Support

Community support is crucial to the success of The Van. As a registered charity, Sanguen will provide a tax receipt for your donations.

  • You can donate to The Van various ways through our Donations Page
  • If you’d like to donate food, clothing, hygiene, or other items, or if you work for an agency or group that offers services or supports, and you’d like to be part of The van project please contact our Van Coordinator to find out our current needs.

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