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Community at a time of social isolation

 

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Umbrella Lane (UL) is dedicated to providing a holistic approach to meeting the needs of Sex Workers in Scotland. Its confidential office in Glasgow offers a range of services to support health, safety, and well-being of the community

When covid-19 sent Scotland into lockdown, Sex Workers were not afforded the same financial safeguards accessible to others. This meant they felt forced to work in dangerous and precarious situations to protect their livelihood.

UL responded immediately, their priority, basic financial security. That meant launching “The covid-19 Emergency Fund” raising over £27,000 in three months, supporting over 170 individuals who would have otherwise felt forced to risk their health to work during this time.

In June, the Scottish government announced funding to support the Sex Worker community, for which UL was excluded from applying.  Since then, UL have been advocating on behalf of the community to be recognised for this funding, associated policy, and service planning, but have not yet been successful.

At difficult times compassion and mutual aid prevailed. The Growing our Community at a time of Social Isolation Umbrella Lane Umbrella Lane (UL) is dedicated to providing a holistic approach to meeting the needs of sex workers in Scotland.

Their confidential office in Glasgow offers a range of services to support health, safety, and well-being of the community charity found innovative ways to grow through partnerships and the distribution of smartphones. Access to free counselling was provided, alongside a move online of Umbrella Lane’s core support offerings to Sex Workers.

Furthermore, developing a strategic long-term fundraising plan. As advocates for the Sex Worker community, UL continue to praise awareness of the diversity of sex worker experiences and narratives and associated need for services to be non-judgemental of sex worker choices. Together, through connection, compassion and conversations, UL hopes to ensure sex workers are not let behind in our response to COVID-19 and beyond.

You can learn more, by visiting www.umbrellalane.org

 

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