Strut Safe was founded by Rachel Chung and Alice Jackson following the murder of Sarah Everard in March of 2021. Now with over fifty volunteers across the UK, Strut Safe is able to offer free walks home in Edinburgh, as well as a free phone service for the entire UK. There is much work to be done to dismantle systemic violence against women and other marginalised groups. Strut Safe is an initiative to help anyone who needs us feel safe and supported.
How it works:
You can call their line from anywhere in the UK, and they can provide walks home in the following areas in Edinburgh: Edinburgh New Town, Edinburgh Old Town, Southside, Newington, Marchmont, Bruntsfield and Lochrin.
Users will call a central dispatcher requesting either an escort home or for the dispatcher to remain on the phone with them while they are in transit. If the user needs a walk home, the dispatcher will assign a pair of volunteers to meet the user and escort them to their destination. All information gathered from the user will remain strictly confidential.
All volunteers have been vetted and are subject to a strict code of conduct. They will also carry branded Strut Safe lanyards to confirm their association with Strut Safe.
How to Access this Service
You can call the number below or fill in a form: www.strutsafe.org/contact
Strut Safe’s phone lines are open Friday and Saturday from 7pm-3am and Sunday from 7pm-1am. They have a partnership with Rascals on Thursdays from 6:30-10:30pm, when they offer a free car service. Please check their Instagram stories for details of their nightly services.