Guelph/Wellington Van Team

Sanguen launched the Guelph Community Health Van in 2016 to provide mobile, low-barrier, outreach to folks in the Guelph community. The Health Van is staffed by an interdisciplinary and multi-agency team made up of a Harm Reduction coordinator, Peer Support Coordinator, Registered Nurse, Social Support Coordinator, Peer workers, and a Harm Reduction Nurse. The van connects community members with harm reduction supplies, such as new drug gear, needle exchange, safer sex supplies, naloxone training and distribution, food, clothing hygiene items and general education about safer drug use and how to use equipment in different and safe ways.

In addition, people can receive nursing supports (such as wound care, vaccines, HIV, Hep C and STBBI testing, etc) as well as peer and social supports. Our Peer Support program supports the development of our social media content, medical infographics, and posters, and fosters connection and community in spaces where there is often stigma, barriers and isolation.

In 2021, the Guelph Community Health Van expanded its programming to Wellington County through a grant from Health Canada. We now visit seven rural communities, as well as multiple locations in the Guelph downtown core. We are fortunate to have a number of great partners on our Van including ARCH, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, Legal Aide, and the Family Midwifery Care CAMP Team.

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. To learn more about us, or how you can support our program, please contact the Van Team Lead. Or check out our social media pages for up to date information on Van Schedules, posters, in need donation items, events and more!

Facebook: The Community Health Van- Guelph/Wellington County
Instagram: @gwcommunityhealthvan
Or reach out to Lindsay Sprague at lsprague@sanguen.com 

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

Guelph/Wellington Van Schedule

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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