The Margins Project

A guest at our Drop In. Photo by Daniela Sbrisny.

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For people facing homelessness, isolation and crisis in Islington

Margins offers a range of services to support people facing homelessness, risk of homelessness, crisis and isolation in Islington. These services aim to help people in their hour of need and with their long term recovery.

We are a secular charity based at Union Chapel.

Margins is Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)
Charity Number: 1153070

Annual Review 2016-17

Contact Margins

Our Services


Support for people facing homelessness and crisis offering showers, clothes, food and advice on housing and benefits.
Monday 11am- 2pm – Women Only
Wednesday 11am -2pm – Open to all
Please feel free to come along if you are looking for help or advice.

Supported Employment Programme

An opportunity for people who have experienced long term unemployment, crisis and isolation to get back into the work. With paid & voluntary positions in our café & office we focus on improving well-being, building self-esteem and developing employability skills. Kitchen Trainees gain a level 2 Food Safety Award. We also help people find jobs and further training at the end of their 4 month placement.

Winter Night Shelter

Every Wednesday from January to March we offer overnight shelter, a nutritious meal and a hot breakfast for up to 15 guests who would otherwise be sleeping on the streets. Part of the CARIS Islington circuit.

Art Groups

Our thriving art collective, Ten Feet Away meets weekly to further creative skills and produce imaginative work. We also have a framing group that meets fortnightly
Browse artwork for sale


Both drop-in clients and trainees can access one to one therapy sessions to help with their recovery.

Job Club

A chance to learn essential skills such as successful interview techniques and how to navigate job websites.

English Tuition

English classes are offered to those who want to advance their level of English, improve their communication skills and enhance their job prospects.


Two participants in our weekly art group stand by their work. Photo Daniela Sbrisny.

Art Group

What you can do

There are many ways you can get involved and help support The Margins Project:

Donate to The Margins Project

We are often also looking for donation of things – wiped mobile phones and laptops, men’s underwear and toiletries in particular.

Do get in touch if you think you have anything that may be useful –



Volunteer with The Margins Project

Our wonderful team of volunteers are central to our work. We rely on their support and commitment to run the weekly drop-ins, Winter Night Shelter and Daylight Café.



Eat at Margins Café

All profits from our café support Margins’ services and the food is delious!

Many people know us best through the café we run in the bar at Union Chapel gigs and events. This café is the hub for our Supported Employment Programme and is where up to 12 formerly marginalised trainees every year learn the skills involved in preparing delicious food and front of house service.

Coming to a gig or event? Find out more about our


Margins Café also provides catering for rehearsals and workshops at Union Chapel. Contact

Margins Café at Daylight

Daylight Music is Union Chapel’s Saturday lunchtime mini gig series. Tea and cake curtesy of Margins Café is an integral part of these lovely events. You’ll find Margins Café in the Chapel offering a range of homemade cakes, light snacks and hot drinks.



Our work is only possible because of the commitment of our volunteers and the generous support of a range of funders & partners. Huge thanks to them.