The Margins Project

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

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For people facing homelessness and crisis in Islington



Margins offers a range of services to support people facing homelessness, risk of homelessness and crisis 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 2017-18

Contact Margins

Our Services


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

Supported Employment Programme

An opportunity for people who have experienced homelessness and crisis to get back into work. With paid positions in our café we focus on improving well-being, building self-esteem and developing employability skills. Kitchen Trainees gain a Level 2 Food Safety Award, and we tailor the programme to each individual’s specific needs . We seek to find the trainees further paid work and training at the end of their placement.

If you would like more information or to refer someone you are working with, please email [email protected] or see our referral form.

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. We are part of the CARIS Islington circuit.


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

Job Club

A chance to learn how to prepare a good CV and also 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.

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 – underwear, toiletries, tracksuit bottoms, trainers and jumpers / fleeces.

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

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.

All profits from the café support our work.

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 cake and light bites curtesy of Margins Café is an integral part of these lovely events.


Safeguarding Statement

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility – The Margins Project is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and wellbeing of children and adults at risk. It expects all trustees, staff and volunteers to share this commitment.



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