SOS Bus exists to provide crisis intervention and welfare support for vulnerable people in Belfast. Our 220 highly trained volunteers are dedicated to providing unconditional care and work towards helping reduce pressure on the emergency services.
3 sixty-foot flexi buses
Our big buses operate as safe spaces in the city centre from which our volunteers provide welfare and medical care.
4 response mini-buses
Dynamic service responding to support requests from partners, statutory organisations and individuals to deliver welfare care wherever it is needed.
Our highly trained volunteers are our greatest asset supporting vulnerable people on the streets of Belfast.
SOS Bus is a non-judgemental safe space where our trained volunteers provide community safety, first aid, welfare care and mental health intervention. All volunteers are fully trained so they can effectively help clients:
Providing transport to A&E or another place of safety.
Listening ear support
Signposting advice, referrals to partner organisations
Provisions; tea, coffee and soup
We help anyone who is vulnerable, including those who are:
Suffering from poor mental health and suicidal thoughts
Injured or unwell
Suffering from substance misuse
Victims of assault
In fear of violence or crime
2020 - Night Time Services
~ 3755 Volunteer Hours 751 Volunteers across 83 Shifts ~
Clients on board the SOS Bus
Cases of substance misuse
Clients experiencing homelessness
Clients receiving listening ear support
Working in Partnership in our Community
SOS NI works in partnership with the emergency services, statutory services, other charities, and businesses, schools, universities and community groups to meet the serious social problems that our volunteers encounter. We are playing our part in making Belfast a safer place for everyone. Working in close collaboration with the Police and Ambulance service, we are able to clearly evidence our ability to mitigate aspects of crime and lower unnecessary hospital admissions.
SOS Food and Provisions Response
SOS Bus has managed a dynamic presence over the city since the beginning of lockdown. We have an incredible resource in our volunteers who have risen to every challenge this season and adapted in their roles to support our community. SOS were contacted by old and new partners throughout 2020 with requests to provide logistical support or transport on new initiatives to help vulnerable and isolated people on the streets of Belfast. As a result, we were able to provide an additional 3352 volunteer hours supporting our community. Click here to find out more.