The Margins Project, based at Union Chapel, offers a range of services supporting 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 support needs. 



Following the government lifting all COVID restrictions, Margins has now become fully operational indoors, but moving forward with the easing of COVID restrictions cautiously and gradually. This means, Margins will continue observing the sanitation, safe distancing and face covering rules, only allowing a maximum of 30 guests at a time indoors for the drop-in Crisis and Advice services sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays,11am to 1pm.

Margins provides: 

DROP-IN – Crisis and Advice - Services

Monday 11:00am – 1:00pm 
Wednesday 11:00am – 1:00pm.

The CRISIS service will include:-

Indoors hot meals served on table

Indoors Tea and Coffee served on table

Limited access to shower facilities, with priority to rough sleepers

Limited access to laundry, with priority for those who have just used Margins’ shower facilities.

Advice services will include:-

Face to face Housing and Benefits Advice on first come first served basis or pre-booked appointments with Nick Reed, Housing and Benefits Advisor.

Please note, Advice service is also available by telephone and/or by email with/from Nick Reed on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Email: [email protected] or by telephone on 07384-463-846

For more information about all other Margins’ services, please contact us @:

Email: [email protected]; Phone: 0207 704 9050




    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. 




Many agencies are working together across Islington to make sure people who are street homeless have somewhere to stay. For more information, please contact Councils Housing Advice Line below.

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].


Our ‘Supported Employment Programme’ is 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. 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 has been paused temporarily during the pandemic but we are inviting people now to register their interest by emailing at [email protected]


Margins is part of the CARIS Islington circuit, and it had run overnight shelter, a nutritious meal and a hot breakfast for up to 15 guests, who would otherwise be sleeping rough on the streets, for many years every Wednesday from January to March. However, the CARIS Islington circuit is not operating the overnight shelters this Winter, 2021/22, because of the need to provide self-contained rooms to all guests.

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

We (Margins) are referral partners to some shelters that will operate. We can also signpost where needed. Please call or email us for more information on this.

Here some links to shelters that are operating this winter: 

Glassdoor       |       Robes        |        This Is Growth


Our therapy sessions are under review currently

Support Our Work 

Book Our Catering 

We also provide high quality inhouse and external catering from our Margins catering team to hires of Union Chapel 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 charitable work and our Supported Employment Programme, where up to 12 formerly marginalised trainees learn the skills involved in preparing delicious food and front of house service every year. 

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