Volunteer with Margins

Rewarding volunteer opportunities working with people facing homelessness and crisis in Islington

We believe that people are best playing to their strengths certainly to start with. At our Winter Shelter there are jobs that are more operational and others that require good interaction with our guests. It might be that you prefer to make up the beds, or cook a meal either at the Chapel or bring it in, serve guests and then go and that is fine. Whilst others prefer to engage more with the guests and chat and do activities with them.

We also need volunteers to help with serving guests at our regular Saturday Daylight Music concerts, all money raised from the kiosk goes towards Margins programmes.

Lady getting tea

Volunteering at the Winter Night Shelter

The Winter Shelter, run in partnership with CARIS, starts in January and runs through to March providing up to 16 beds on a Wednesday night and a hot meal all with a warm welcome. Guests stay overnight and have breakfast in the morning before they leave and move on to a different church.

Margins would love to hear from people who can help on any of the shifts that are planned on a rota basis. Some people do every week, others will do one shift and that is absolutely fine. Also people are welcome to do part of a shift if that suits people better.

Summary of the Shelter operations:

  • Evening shift 6.30pm – 9pm we need volunteers help set up, make beds and give guests a warm welcome. We also need a cooks for each night who prepare a delicious hot meal.
  • Night Shift 9pm – 6.30am usually 3 people required and one stays awake for a couple hours.
  • Morning Shift 6am – 9am to make and serve breakfast, clear away beds, clean kitchen & showers and do washing.

More info: Winter Shelter Shift Details

To Volunteer or find out more email margins@unionchapel.org.uk