Volunteer with Margins

We are always looking for new volunteers to join our team. There are different ways you can get involved.

We are always looking for new volunteers to join our team. Our 50+ volunteers are central to our work. We rely heavily on their tireless support and commitment to run our services, particularly the Drop-In. If you like chopping onions, cleaning dishes, serving teas or chatting to people you may otherwise not meet, or if you just want to contribute to the local community, then you’re in the right place!

Volunteer at the: Drop In | Night Shelter

Lady getting tea


Volunteering at the Drop In

Our drop-in is used by an average 146 people every Sunday and offers free food, showers, clothing and advice for those in need. Our drop-in is open and anonymous and welcomes anyone who is in need through its doors.

We have two shifts on a Sunday:

Food Prep
10.30am – 2pm
It takes a lot of work to feed 146 people each week and we pride ourselves on the quality of the food we provide. It is healthy and hearty and there is always pudding!

Food Service
2pm – 6pm
Help us get our guests through the door, meet people who are marginalised by society and lend a hand serving teas and coffees and with the washing up.

Please note that this is a short term volunteering opportunity as the Sunday drop-in will be closing in the new year and new services will be taking its place.

To apply
Download and complete the Volunteering Form and return it to margins@unionchapel.org.uk




Volunteering at the Night Shelter

Our night shelter provides much needed rest and respite for those who would otherwise be living on the streets during the coldest months of the year. Between January and March, we host up to 17 homeless people for dinner, overnight accommodation and breakfast every Thursday evening and Friday morning.

We have 4 shifts during the shelter:

Bed set up

6pm – 7pm – setting up camp beds and getting the space ready to open doors.


7pm – 10pm – serving teas, coffees and dinner, chatting to guests, administering showers.


10pm – 6.30am – staying awake! Ensuring the guests and the premises are safe and that someone is always at hand to help.


7am – 9.30am – cooking and serving breakfast, teas and coffees, chatting to guests, packing down camp beds, administering showers and ensuring that our guests have had a good stay.

To apply
Download and complete the Volunteering Form and return it to margins@unionchapel.org.uk