Launched April 10, 2021

Helping you get home safe.

Safe Buddies are volunteers who will escort seniors, non-binary people, and women home. This would be inclusive of transgender and cisgender women. We are a trans-inclusive organization.

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 is launching this Safe Buddies program.

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

- Vedanshi Vala

Co-Founder and Executive Director, BOLT Safety


Request a Safe Buddy


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


Service Hours:

Monday - Friday, 3 - 7 pm PST


Service Regions:

  • Phone Safe Buddies program offered Canada-wide

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


Please fill out the following form to request a Safe Buddy:



FAQs and Program Details

Requesting a Safe Buddy:

We can accept requests up to 48 hours in advance, and minimum 2 hours in advance of your pick-up time. We will do our best to match you with an available volunteer. Booking requests open on April 10th, with the Safe Buddies service being offered starting April 12th, 2021.

Who is eligible to be a client?

  • Seniors at or above the age of 60

  • Anyone identifying as a woman who feels unsafe

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 and our organization, volunteers, and partners cannot be held liable should something bad happen.

  • All phone and walking Safe Buddies must submit an online application, pass an interview, and complete training where they are provided with detailed guidelines and safety protocols

  • All walking Safe Buddies are also required to undergo a Criminal Record Check


Walking Safe Buddies:

  • Physically walk with the client from the start to end destination

  • Are 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 (e.g. maintaining a 2-meter distance and wearing properly secured face masks).


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.


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 escort 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. Phone or text message check-ins will occur throughout the shift to ensure our volunteers’ and clients’ 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



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