The Margins Project 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, based at Union Chapel. 


Margins provides: 


Monday 11am – 2pm 
Wednesday 11am – 2pm 
Support for people facing homelessness and crisis.

During the pandemic, we are operating an altered drop-in service

Hot food is available to takeaway 

A limited offer of showers, laundry and computer access specifically for people who are street homeless, sofa-surfing, NRPF or are in poor accommodation.

We have to operate a first-come first-served basis, and we can cater for up to 6 guests in the building in 1 hour time slots.  

Support packs of food, clothes and activities are also available to take away 


The advice service is currently able to take a maximum of 5 face-to-face support sessions during our drop-in times.  

We are also now offering phone support as well. 

To get support, please feel free to come along if you are looking for support or advice; or get in touch:

Phone: 0207 704 9050

Email: [email protected]



    Coming to Margins has been vital to me. The staff and the system set up are really good.

The food is outstanding. Everyone has been so friendly and welcoming.

The atmosphere is also very good. 




Due to Covid-19, agencies are working together across Islington to make sure people who are street homeless have somewhere to stay and are able to stay indoors once there, in line with the Governments advice, to prevent the spread of the virus. 

Rough Sleeping?

If you are rough sleeping, please self-refer to Streetlink, so that an outreach team can visit you at your sleep site; 

Phone: 0300 500 0914


Not rough sleeping but your housing is at immediate risk?

Please contact Islington Councils Housing Advice Line:

Phone: 020 7527 6371 (Housing Advice Line)

Email: [email protected] 

Office hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm 

If out of hours and a housing emergency – call 0207 527 2000 for out of hours service 

In need of financial support for essentials?

You can self-refer to the Resident Support Scheme for food vouchers – gas and electricity top up.

If you need practical support/or regular phone contact?

You can call the We are Islington helpline:

Phone: 020 7527 8222

Email: [email protected]

Lines open every day from 9am to 5pm 

The Council has set up ‘we are Islington helpline’ working with the voluntary sector and mutual aid groups to provide support, including: getting food or medicine, online group activities, legal advice or a friendly phone conversation. 

If you need advice on benefits?

IMAX Islington’s Income Maximisation Team 

Offering a phone advice and casework service and are asking advice line callers to leave their name and contact details so that they can return calls. 

Phone: 020 75278600 

Email: [email protected]


During the pandemic, we have been providing support packs to people experiencing homelessness, social isolation and hard times. 

These include our pilot magazine The Marginal – packed full of useful articles, advice, interviews and creative activities. Read it here.


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. 

Find out More - The programme is temporarily paused, but please register your interest by emailing [email protected]


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. CARIS is aiming to operate the shelter again in Winter 2021/22 

This year, the CARIS winter night shelter will not be operating. 

We (Margins) are referral partner to some shelters that will operate. We can also signpost where needed. Please call or email us for details but please be advised that shelters may have reached capacity and that there can be a waiting time. 

Here some links to shelters that are operating this winter: 

Glassdoor       |       Robes        |        This Is Growth


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

Support Our Work 

Book Our Catering 

Union Chapel also provides high quality inhouse and external catering from our Margins catering team to hires of our spaces. 

Lunch is available from only £6 per head and all income generated goes back into our charitable work. 

Please get in touch via [email protected] for more information on taliored information on services and rates. 

Eat at Margins Café 

Many people know us best through the café we run in the bar at Union Chapel gigs and events.  

When events are running normally, this café is the hub for our Supported Employment Programme 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. 

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

Contact [email protected]

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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. 

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. 

The Margins Project Annual Review 2019–2020

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