Amount currently in the fund: £97
Total amount donated so far (online+offline): £285
Number of massages subsidised: 12
Why I created the fund
My practice as a white queer touch therapist is LGBTQI+ affirmative, non-judgemental, trauma-informed, body-positive and consent-led. I make every effort possible to ensure that this is the case and that Olive Tree Therapies can be a sanctuary for those who have seldom had one.
LGBTQI+ individuals face a number of barriers when accessing healthcare, both public and private. We are often misgendered, unacknowledged, body-shamed and judged for our lifestyle choices, making us feel like our identities are invalid and unwelcome. Some members of the LGBTQI+ community are also more likely to be unemployed and living in poverty.
As a queer touch therapist, it is my goal to ensure that members of my community on low incomes can have (and continue to) access to the healing power of touch therapies. Perhaps you're healing from strains and sprains, perhaps you have a complex relationship with your body or maybe you're healing from trauma. I strive to create a safe and welcoming space, where it is my responsability to make you feel therapeutically held and looked after on your healing journey.
Half of LGBTQI+ people had experienced depression, and three in five had experienced anxiety
One in eight LGBTQI+ people aged 18 to 24 had attempted to end their life
Almost half of trans people had thought about taking their life
Around one in eight LGBTQI+ people have experienced unequal treatment from healthcare staff because they are LGBTIQ+. One in seven have avoided treatment for fear of discrimination
Members of the LGBTQI+ community are at a greater risk of experiencing hate crimes compared to heterosexual people. Certain LGBTQI+ groups are at particular risk, including gay men, young people and those who are from Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups
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How the fund works and how to access it
The Olive Tree Touch Therapies Fund is exclusively reserved for those who identity as members of the LGBTQI+ community of Edinburgh who are on low incomes.
I want to ensure that only those who wouldn't otherwise be able to access touch therapies will use it but I will leave this to your discretion. If you think this is you, feel free to book an appointment via my booking system and write in the message that you'd like to access this fund.
Anyone accessing the fund will automatically receive 30% off any treatment. The fund will pay for 30% and you will self-fund the remaining 70%.
Access to the fund is limited to one treatment per month per month. This is to ensure as many people as possible get to benefit from it.
In order to keep this fund going, I need to crowd fund for it but if you'd like to help, please feel free to share this page with colleagues, friends and family so I can keep providing therapies to those of the LGBTQI+ community of Edinburgh that need it.
To donate, click on the 'I want to help' button at the top of this page.
As the fund gets going and donations come in, it is my intention to increase the rate of subsidy to 50%.