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Removing the stigma of
sex work for greater happiness and wellbeing

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Your happiness matters, but the tools to support it are made inaccessible to Sex Workers globally. That’s where we step in – we built our Umbrella Lane community so that Sex Workers across Scotland could cultivate deeper connections and start compassionate conversations for greater fulfilment and wellbeing. We are here for you, not the industry. We provide a space for you to make friends, where you can find access to financial advice, emotional support, helpful tools and information and, of course, health checks. Behind the scenes our lived experience team works to make all of this possible, to support you and ultimately achieve our mission of removing the stigma of sex work. Check out our Community page to find out ways we can support you and learn about our upcoming events.

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"Stigma is one of the greatest barriers between Sex Workers and their access to care and support."

Scorgie et al., 2013

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Here for you

We celebrate individuals of all genders, including non-binary and gender non-conforming, all sexualities and backgrounds. Our community is a safe space, inclusive of all Sex Workers in Scotland, regardless of residency status. As we grow our lived-experience community we ensure that members are heard, accepted and understood. 

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Adult entertainment workers - Umbrella Lane

Street-based Workers and

independent/agency Workers

Online domination services and online adult content Creators/Workers

Performers and BDSM/Fetish Sex Workers

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“Being a part of the Umbrella Lane community means a lot to me. You can end up very isolated when you choose to do these roles but thankfully Umbrella Lane shows you that there’s people like you there, people there who love you and value you and see you for the person that you are and they don’t want to stigmatise you because of your job.”

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“Umbrella Lane has been a fantastic support, they’re always helpful, friendly, inclusive and respectful.”

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“Being a male Sex Worker can be quite a solitary experience. Generally speaking, there’s less male-identifying Sex Workers than female-identifying, so it can be difficult to feel included in the community sometimes. Umbrella Lane facilitates a sense of community for all Sex Workers, irrespective of gender identity, and we need Umbrella Lane and places like it to foster meaningful connections in our community.”

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What we offer

If you need wellbeing resources, a chat with other community members or financial support, our services are led and informed by Sex Workers so that what we offer remains in line with your needs. All services and partnered specialists are met with the commitment to be trained by our Sex Worker volunteers so that our connections are always supportive.

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Social Events

Social events

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Financial Advice

Financial advice

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Workshops & Webinars

Workshops & webinars

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Sexual Health Supplies & Check-ups

Sexual health supplies & check-ups

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Peer to peer support

Peer to peer support

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Counselling & therapeutic services

Counselling & therapeutic services

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Confidential helpline

Confidential helpline

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With thanks to our funders

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News

New Blog

 

Disability Pride Month

Read our new blog on Disability Pride Month on our conversations page. Written by Red Hamilton Russell a consultant of Umbrella Lane.

LGBT+ History Month

Umbrella Lane has received funding from The Equality Network to run an online LGBT+ History Month event! Find out more on our Events page.

Launching A New Hardship Fund in 2021

Due to the ongoing lockdown and restrictions around COVID19, Umbrella Lane is starting a new Hardship Fund. For more information please see the 2021 Hardship Fund page under the Resources page.

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Resources

COVID-19 Resources

Umbrella Lane has put together a small collection of COVID-19 related resources for Sex Workers and those that work with Sex Workers to access.

Food Vouchers For Sex Workers Experiencing Hardship

Thanks to a generous donation from National Ugly Mugs, Umbrella Lane is able to offer a £25 food voucher to Scotland based Sex Workers in need.

2021 Hardship Fund

As of February 2021, Umbrella Lane has launched a new Hardship Fund to provide financial support to Sex Worker in Scotland that are struggling due to COVID19. 

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We are excited to announce that after a long and meaningful partnership with National Ugly Mugs (NUM), as of 15 November 2021 they will be taking over the running and operations of Umbrella Lane. NUM will ensure that Umbrella Lane remains a safe space, by and for sex workers.

This decision was made to support the continuation of Umbrella Lane and while some changes will take place behind the scenes, NUM will be working with the staff and community of sex workers in Scotland to foster sex worker wellbeing and community development.

Please be patient with us as we make the necessary changes.

Watch this space for future announcements. #NUMbrellaLane