Two Edinburgh women launch new group ‘Strut Safe’ to ensure people get home safely

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Two local women have launched a new volunteering group in Edinburgh, allowing vulnerable people to be escorted to their destination.

After the death of Sarah Everard, a debate was sparked across the UK on women’s safety. This led Alice Jackson and Rachel Chung to create the group ‘Strut Safe’ as they felt something had to be done.

There is a dedicated number to call if you feel unsafe walking alone in the city. You can then chat to a dispatcher until two volunteers come to meet you and walk you to your destination.

The group is available to contact between the hours of 7pm and 3am on Friday and Saturday, and 7pm-1am on Sunday if you are walking a journey alone.

Speaking to Edge Radio about the idea, director Levi Mitchell said: “We know countless people don’t feel safe to walk alone in their own town and we hope to help change that.”

“Ultimately we want to make a positive impact on the Edinburgh community for years to come and play a part in reducing violence towards women.”

They aim to expand their team of volunteers so they can help more people across the city.

Founder Alice stated: “97% of women between the ages of 18-24 have been harassed. The statistics speak for themselves and we just wanted to do something to make people feel safer.”

She added: “I sincerely hope that women in Edinburgh feel safer now that we exist. And not just women, other marginalised groups who feel unsafe walking home, feel that we are a resource that they can come to.”

Initially operating in the EH1, EH2, EH3, EH8, EH9 postcode areas, the volunteers explained that they hope to expand the group and cover most of the city. They also have future plans to launch an app and shuttle buses.

If you ever feel unsafe or scared walking home in Edinburgh, then you can call the volunteers at ‘Strut Safe’ on 07783237533.