SAFE BUDDIES

Launched April 10, 2021

Helping you get home safe.

'Safe Buddies' are volunteers who help individuals feeling unsafe get to their destination safely. This includes seniors, non-binary people, and women, and is inclusive of transgender and cisgender people.

Why Safe Buddies?

The past year has seen a surge of anti-Asian hate crimes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stop AAPI Hate reported nearly 38,000 anti-Asian incidents in the past year, of which physical assault was the third-largest category. In light of the recent Atlanta shootings and the rise of violence against Asian American seniors, as well as a recent incident in Vancouver where a woman was stalked, BOLT Safety Society launched this Safe Buddies program to help people get home safe.

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"Together, as a community, let's unify to keep the most vulnerable people safe."

- Vedanshi Vala

Co-Founder and Executive Director, BOLT Safety

 
 

OR CALL OUR HOTLINE:

Request a Safe Buddy

This is a non-emergency program. If you are in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1.

 

Service Hours:

  • [Regular] M-F, 3 - 7 pm PST (let us know ~2 hours in advance)

  • [By-request] M-F, after 7 pm PST (let us know by 5 pm on the day-of)

 

Service Regions:

  • Phone Safe Buddies program offered Canada-wide

  • Walking Safe Buddies program subject to local availability in your region

Requesting a Safe Buddy:

  • Option 1: Fill out the request form (good for booking in advance)

  • Option 2: Call our hotline during operational hours (good for same-day requests)

FAQs and Program Details

What is the Safe Buddy vetting process?

BOLT Safety Society is making the most efforts within reasonable means to provide a safe program experience for both our volunteers and clients. That being said, please note that you are using this service at your own risk (see more in our terms of service below). The vetting process for Walking Safe Buddies includes an online application, interview, open-source background check, and a vulnerable sector Criminal Record Check.

 

Walking Safe Buddies:

  • Walk with the client from the start to end destination

  • Are physically non-confrontational and cannot enter private property

  • Can call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency

 

All program volunteers and clients are required to abide by current COVID-19 regulations in their region.

 

Phone Safe Buddies:

  • Stay on a call with the client from the start to the end destination

  • Can call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency

  • Can contact the client's emergency contact

 

All Safe Buddies guide the client along a pre-set walking route, which has pre-determined safe locations along the way. As a client, you will receive, via text message, the link to the planned route as well as a confirmation code that you can use to authenticate that you are meeting your designated Safe Buddies.

TERMS OF SERVICE

 

By using our service, you agree to adhere to our terms of service, which are as follows:

  • You are requesting our services at your own risk, thereby waiving BOLT Safety Society, its volunteers, partners and clients of any liability

  • You permit BOLT Safety Society to collect your information for the purposes of contacting you and providing services, as well as to share with volunteers, partners, or emergency response services (like the police) on a need-to-know basis

  • You understand that we reserve the right to refuse providing service at our discretion

  • You agree to inform yourself on, and follow, any rules and guidelines pertaining to COVID-19 as directed by the Provincial Health Authority and Government, as well as those for clients provided by BOLT Safety Society

  • You understand that BOLT Safety will strive to accomodate all requests for a Safe Buddy, but cannot guarantee this as service is dependent on availability at the time.

 
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As of July 1, 2021, we are working in partnership with the Strathcona Community Policing Centre to bring Safe Buddies to the Strathcona neighbourhood in Vancouver.

About our partners at the SCPC:

The SCPC delivers crime prevention and safety programs plus a wide range of services to the residents, businesses and agencies throughout Strathcona. These programs and services are delivered through the efforts of trained volunteers and supported by SCPC staff. The SCPC provides ongoing volunteer training opportunities in partnership with the VPD and other service providers.

Visit their website, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter to learn more.

 

Become a Safe Buddy

We are currently looking for volunteers to join our cohort of Safe Buddies.

Who can be a Safe Buddy?

Volunteers at or over the age of 18 in Canada can sign up to be a Safe Buddy. Safe Buddies will accompany clients in pairs on a predetermined route. Indicated availability and regions will be inputted into our system, then matched with clients who have requested a Safe Buddy. Check-ins occur throughout the shift for safety.

Learn more + Apply to be a Safe Buddy

Thank you for your interest in this volunteer position. Please fill out this form to apply, and a member of our team will be in touch. The form also provides more details on what volunteering as a Safe Buddy entails, and should you have any further inquiries, please email us at boltsafety@gmail.com

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