SAFE BUDDIES

Launched April 10, 2021

Helping you get home safe.

'Safe Buddies' help individuals feeling unsafe get to their destination safely.

This program was created in response to a surge of racial violence during the COVID-19 pandemic and mounting concerns of street harassment. Stop AAPI Hate reported nearly 38,000 anti-Asian incidents just one year, of which physical assault was the third-largest category. In light of the Atlanta shootings and the rise of violence against Asian American seniors, as well as an 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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We've served over 200 clients to-date.

Our hotline is currently out-of-service

Please use the Safe Buddies Request Form to book a Safe Buddy or send an email to safebuddies@boltsafety.org for any inquiries.

Request a Phone Safe Buddy

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

Phone Safe Buddies:

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

  • Can call 9-1-1 or an emergency contact if needed

Steps:

  • Request a Phone Safe Buddy Canada-wide by calling our hotline and leaving a voicemail OR by filling out the request form 

  • Book in advance by 5 pm for same-day requests

  • We review requests between 3-5 pm PST on weekdays

  • Booking confirmations are contingent on availability

Sample scenario: “I’m going to a party until 11 pm tonight, and want a Phone Safe Buddy for my walk home”. Please submit your request by 5 pm. Our team will check volunteer availability and get back to you on whether or not we can take your request.

Book Safe Buddies for your next event

1,700 people reached with event coverage to-date

We:

  • Create a safer guest experience by having a ‘Safe Buddies booth’ (designated safe space)

  • Can walk guests to their ride / bus stop / back home, etc after the event

  • Can call 911 in the event of an emergency or connect guests with crisis support services (e.g. sexual assault hotline, walk to the nearest hospital, etc.)

  • Can patrol the event and check-in on guest well-being

  • Are physically non-confrontational

Please Note:

  • Booking confirmations are contingent on availability

  • This is a paid service, with rates starting at $240 CAD

  • Your final quotation depends on event size and duration (a fee breakdown is provided in the form)

  • Booking requests must be submitted at least two weeks before your event

Walking Safe Buddies

We:

  • Operate locally out of satellite offices, requests are taken on-site

  • 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

Want to sponsor a satellite office?

  • Help us bring the Walking Safe Buddies service to your neighbourhood!

  • A satellite office could look like the lobby of your corporate office, a table set-up outside your cafe, or really anywhere our team can set-up and take requests on-the-spot

  • Get in touch with our team at safebuddies@boltsafety.org to discuss your sponsorship further

Become a Safe Buddy

We are recruiting for the following positions (training will be provided, and Safe Buddies must be at least 18 years of age):

HQ (Coordinators):

  • Volunteer from anywhere in Canada

  • Available on any weekday, between 3-5 pm PST

  • Monitor incoming client requests and delegate calls to Phone Safe Buddies

 

Phone Safe Buddies:

  • Volunteer from anywhere in Canada

  • Availability is up to you! Our hotline aims to take client requests 24/7 (so even if you can only help at midnight, or in the early morning, this could be a great fit for the role)

  • Provide accompaniment to individuals feeling unsafe over the phone - help someone get home safely!

 

Walking + Event Safe Buddies:

  • Preferably located in Metro Vancouver

  • Availability: event-specific, up to you which events you can attend

  • Potential to get paid for event shifts taken

Vetting Process

BOLT Safety Society makes 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 engaging with this service at your own risk (as outlined in our terms of service). The vetting process for Safe Buddies may include an online application, interview, open-source background check, and a Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check.

Should you have any further inquiries, please email us at safebuddies@boltsafety.org

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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.