Buddy Benches

Insight Community Survey Results

Buddy Benches was one of several topics covered in the January 2018 Mixed Topic Insight Community Survey. The survey was open from January 9 - 16, 2018.
At the time the survey was launched, survey invitations were sent to 7,122 Insight Community members.
A total of 2,297 respondents completed the survey:
  • 2,187 members (or 31% of the invited Insight Community members).
  • 110 other individuals who accessed the survey via a link.  No demographic information was gathered for these 110 individuals.
To view the survey questions, click on the following link:

Question 1:

A brief explanation of what a Buddy Bench is and its health initiative was given. Based on that, respondents were asked to select one response only to the following:
Before today, were you aware of the "Hello, How Are You?” campaign?

Question 2:

Respondents were asked to select one response only to the following:
Have you seen a buddy bench in Edmonton?

Question 3:

If the response to Q2 was Yes, then respondents were asked to select all that apply to the following question:
At which location have you seen the buddy benches?
Option: Century Park LRT Station
Option: Southgate LRT station
Option: 103 Avenue & 100 Street
Option: Westmount Shopping Centre
Option: Gateway Boulevard and Whyte Avenue
Option: 84 Avenue & 112 Street
Option: Edmonton Tower Service Centre
Option: NorQuest College
Option: King’s University
Option: NAIT
Option: 118 Street and Jasper Avenue
Option: Matheson Seniors Residence
Option: 114 Avenue and 134 Street
Option: Mill Woods Park
Option: Mill Woods Recreation Centre
Option: Mill Woods Library & Seniors Centre
Option: 105 Street & 100 Avenue
Option: Other (please specify)

Option: Don't know

Question 4:

If the response to Q2 was Yes, then respondents were asked to select one response only (Yes or No) to the following question:
Have you seen someone sitting on a Buddy Bench?
Have you used a Buddy Bench?
Have you seen people in a conversation on or around a buddy bench?
Do you think the buddy benches have raised Edmontonians’ awareness of urban isolation?

Question 5:

Respondents were asked to select one response only to the following:
Have you experienced loneliness in the previous 6 months?

Question 6:

Respondents were asked to select one response only to the following: 
Do you feel that you are part of a community in Edmonton? (example: neighbourhood, interest group, sports etc.)

Question 7:

Respondents were asked to select one response only to the following: 
Are you aware of resources or strategies that could facilitate social connectedness and reduce feelings of loneliness?