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Job Title:  Winter Shelter Night Shift Leader

Hours: 1 shift (10 hrs) per week Wednesday 9pm to Thursday 7am

Salary: £19,012.50 pro rata

Contract type: 3 months fixed terms contract (3rd January 2018 – 28th March 2018)

Closing date: 5pm, Thursday 2nd November

How to apply: Send a C.V. and covering letter to


Background The Margins Project (Margins)

Margins, based at Union Chapel, supports people experiencing homelessness, crisis and isolation in Islington.

Our services consist of:

  • Crisis services two weekly drop-ins offering food, showers, clothes and advice and a winter night shelter
  • Support groups art and framing, English tuition, therapy and job club
  • Supported employment programme paid employment for up to 14 trainees in Union Chapel’s kitchen and office who then receive help with transitioning into further training and paid work

The Winter Night Shelter

Margins is seeking to employ a Winter Shelter Night Shift Leader for its shelter which runs from January to March. We are part of the Caris network which is a network of 7 churches in Islington that welcomes 15 guests off the streets with the guests going to a different church each night. Margins covers Wednesday evenings and Thursday mornings.  All guests are vetted by the Caris management team.

The beds are made up by volunteers ahead of the guests arriving at 7.30pm. Once they arrive guests have access to showers and clothes and dinner is served at 8.30pm by volunteer cooks. Most guests are in bed by 10pm lights are out by 11pm.

The Role

You will be responsible for the overnight operations of the night shelter. The overnight shift lasts from 9pm until 7.00am. You will be the key person responsible for ensuring the security and safety of all guests in the shelter through the night. You must remain awake and alert throughout the night and respond appropriately to any situations, or emergencies that may occur.

You will also be responsible for handing over to the morning shift team leader who starts at 6am

It is a challenging and rewarding job that involves being responsible for the smooth running of the overnight shift. You will be in charge of 2 night time volunteers and will be working with vulnerable adults from diverse ethnic backgrounds. The successful candidate must be able to remain calm in all situations, always treating guests fairly and with respect.

Experience with the client group is preferred but not essential, as training will be given. The post is subject to Enhanced DBS checks.

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