Work At Union Chapel
Prior to the pandemic, The Margins Project (Margins) had approximately 200 attendees at its drop-ins every year. These numbers have increased in recent years as we have refined and changed the focus of our services from the provision of food towards more advice, advocacy and employability, with the aim of helping our clients make meaningful and sustainable changes to their lives. Margins has grown from its historic roots as a soup kitchen to now offer:
Crisis Services (in the form of Drop-In Services offering hot meal, advice on housing and benefits, showers and a Cold Weather Night Shelter).
Support Services (through such initiatives as English as a second language courses, numeracy training, a job club and therapy); and a
Supported Employment Programme (primarily though our café training programme but also through office roles)
More than this, our guests report a real sense of community and trust when they visit Margins -The pandemic has impacted on the services that we can offer. With the Union Chapel venue closed, as a group of organisations, we continue to face an enormously challenging time.
However, during the crisis, The Margins Project adapted our services to ensure our food takeaway and advice support could continue; Union Chapel Project increased its community emergency response, and in partnership with other services, charities and groups, supporting and engaging many people in the local community experiencing extremely challenging times.
It remains a time of challenges and uncertainty, both for Union Chapel and for our wider society. Whilst the Everybody In scheme appeared to temporarily alleviate homelessness, the pandemic has already hit the most vulnerable hardest, and the longer term social and economic impact of the pandemic will most likely impact further.
Building on our work during the pandemic, Union Chapel Project launched pilot community programmes to re-connect, support, inspire and empower our local communities. The programme particularly engages vulnerable families, migrants and asylum seekers; young people; people who are ethnically diverse and have experienced racism; and the LGBT community – all groups with a strong intersectionality with the experience of homelessness, and who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
Over the next year, a new strategy aiming to better integrate the work of Margins and Union Chapel Project will be developed and implemented, building on our reputation as an amazing performance venue delivering genuine social good. The Union Chapel strategy will focus on community engagement, empowerment, ownership and social justice, alongside the ambition to be more accessible, diverse and sustainable where all our communities feel and have a sense of belonging – to become a leading ethical arts centre for all.
Deadline to apply: Monday 9th August 2021 at 9am
To view our full job description & details on how to apply click here
We are always looking for volunteers!
Equality and Diversity
We want to recruit people from a range of backgrounds. We particularly encourage applicants who are currently under represented in our board, workforce and wider sector. This includes but is not limited to candidates who identify as being from Black, Asian and other underrepresented ethnic backgrounds, and candidates who identify as being disabled.
To help us monitor the effectiveness of our recruitment, please complete the Equal Opportunity Monitoring form. This data is completely anonymous, is stored confidentially by our HR team and will not be seen by the selection panel.