BuddyUp is a new digital offer from Cranstoun, in which we have worked with the Brave Technology Cooperation in Canada who originally developed this idea and app.
The idea is simple, people who are using drugs alone can download the app and be connected to a Cranstoun volunteer, with whom they can build a rescue plan in the event of an emergency. The plan is only activated if the app user overdoses. It will send an emergency message to them, triggering the appropriate medical attention. This app is therefore all about preventing avoidable, fatal overdose.
For those who would rather pick up the phone instead, we have a freephone number alternative:
Freephone: 0800 111 4516
With this offer we can reach all parts of the UK, people who are in rural locations can access the same support as someone living in a city. There is no pressure on anyone using this service, they do not have to be involved in Cranstoun or any other services or give out any sensitive information.
The app provides support and harm reduction advice at the time when individuals are using drugs. For example we can provide safer injecting and overdose prevention advice and if someone asks for help to access drug treatment services in their area, we can provide this information.
Cranstoun is pleased to partner with Drug Science and Release in this venture. Within the app links are available to both these organisations who can provide reliable information about drugs and legal advice.
Our aim as an organisation is to bring world class services to the UK from around the world. Our BuddyUp app is an example of this aim and we believe it is a one stop shop for anyone who uses drugs alone.
If you want to support this project please go to the volunteer page for more details.
Become a Buddy, become a lifesaver – volunteer with BuddyUp!
What is BuddyUp with Peter Krykant and Alistair Bryant
Come and be a BuddyUp Volunteer!
To sign up to be a BuddyUp Volunteer, please click here
Cranstoun response to ONS alcohol-specific death statistics
New figures have been released by the Office for National Statistics on alcohol-specific deaths for 2021, showing that 9,641 people tragically died last year...Read More
New Van Bringing Drug & Alcohol Treatment Support to the Streets of Sandwell
Residents of Sandwell have begun seeing a new addition to the roads of the borough in the form of a van which will support...Read More
BuddyUp Pilot Begins
A new app which will provide support to people using drugs alone will begin its pilot imminently. ‘BuddyUp’ will connect someone using drugs to...Read More