We Love Our Community!

Our goal is to promote and support the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve by increasing community engagement, taking part in various events that advocate for community action to address the social determinants of health, and offering free community programs that are rooted in our Model of Health and Wellbeing.
Over the past couple of months, the South Georgian Bay CHC took part in a variety of community events including: Keep an eye out for us in the community as we continue to support and take part in various community events and partnerships. To learn more about our free community programs, visit www.southgeorgianbaychc.ca.

Register for Our Free Summer Programs!

We have a variety of new programs being offered this summer including our wellness, mental health, chronic disease education, and self-management support programs. A full list of programs can be found in our Summer Program Guide or on our website. All programs are free and open to everyone in the community.

Register Online!
Visit our website to register for our free programs or call the SGBCHC at 705-422-1888.

Upcoming Programs & Workshops

Mindfulness - Awareness of Self
August 30th from 10:30am-12:00pm (online) or 2:00pm-3:30pm (in person)
More Info and Register

Saxenda Success Group
September 6th from 6:00pm-7:00pm (online)
More Info and Register

Time Management Workshop
September 13th from 6:00pm-7:00pm
More Info and Register
Visit Our Summer Program Guide

International Overdose Awareness Day:
August 31st, 2022

A time to remember loved ones and end overdose

Observed on August 31st each year, International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) seeks to create better understanding of overdose, reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths, and create change that reduces the harms associated with drug use.

The campaign raises awareness of overdose, which is one of the world’s worst public health crises, and acknowledges the profound grief felt by families and friends whose loved ones have died or suffered from a drug overdose.
According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime's most recent World Annual Drug Report, nearly half a million people around the world died as a result of drug use in 2019. Early statistics and anecdotal evidence for the 2021 calendar year show that the situation is becoming ever-more critical, exacerbated in many areas by the pandemic decreasing the tolerance of people who use drugs and disrupting services.

The goals of International Overdose Awareness Day are:
  • To provide an opportunity for people to publicly mourn loved ones in a safe environment, without feeling guilt or shame, and to send a strong message to current and former people who use drugs that they are valued.
  • To stimulate discussion about overdose prevention and drug policy.
  • To provide information on the range of support services that are available.
  • To prevent and reduce drug-related harm by supporting evidence-based policy and practice.

For a full list of the IOAD 2022 events happening in Simcoe County and across Canada, visit www.overdoseday.com/canada.

South Georgian Bay CHC Needle Exchange Program

Needle exchange services have been proven to reduce the spread of infection without increasing intravenous drug use.

The South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre, in partnership with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, has launched a Needle Exchange program – an initiative aimed at reducing the risk of spreading blood-borne disease by offering new needles to injection drug users.
The goal of the needle exchange program is to encourage people to dispose of used needles in a safe way and to help:
  • Reduce the spread of HIV, Hepatitis C, and other diseases
  • Reduce the number of discarded needles in public and the incidence of needle-stick injuries
  • Provide education and support to those who want it
Services Offered
The Needle Exchange program is part of the SGBCHC’s harm reduction programming, and offers the following services at no cost:
  • Injection kits including, new needles, spoons (cookers), alcohol swabs, sterile water, tourniquets, and when requested vitamin C
  • Safe smoking kits including, glass stems or bowl pipes, screens, and mouth pieces
  • Sharps containers for the safe disposal of used needles, stems, pipes and other substance use equipment
  • Information about safer substance use and community resources
  • Addiction support through RVH’s Rapid Access Addiction Medical (RAAM) clinic, located at the SGBCHC
The Needle Exchange program is open to everyone and is available during SGBCHC operating hours. All exchange supplies are provided at no cost. Anonymity is encouraged and personal identification will not be requested, however, a nurse will be available onsite, if needed.
Learn More about the SGBCHC Needle Exchange Program
Are you looking for an opportunity to give back to your community while gaining valuable experience? If so, we want to hear from YOU!

Through our free community programs, our goal is to provide our clients and members of our community with the tools, knowledge and support to achieve optimal health and wellbeing.

We Need Your Talents and Skills!
As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to learn new skills and join a dynamic team. We value diversity and want our volunteers to share their talents and skills by helping us plan and lead new programs and workshops. We are currently looking for volunteers to facilitate groups and workshops about the following topics:
  • Gardening
  • Food & nutrition
  • Budgeting
  • Mental health supports and more!
If you're interested in volunteering, please email volunteer@sgbchc.ca. Thank you for your consideration!
Become a volunteer

Service Update

If you are a client at the SGBCHC, appointments with your doctor, nurse practitioner, or clinic nurse can be made by calling reception. In-person and virtual appointments are available with nurses and doctors, social work counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy through the Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program, dietitian services, diabetes support and smoking cessation support services. Walk-in and scheduled appointments are available for addiction support services through the Rapid Access Addiction Medical (RAAM) Clinic. For more information about the services offered as a client of the SGBCHC, click here.
Call 705-422-1888 to book an appointment
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