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Our Services

The Margins Project, based in the Union Chapel, provides a range of vital support services to people facing homelessness, crisis and isolation in our community and beyond.

We provide support to up to 180 people every week. Our services include:

  • Sunday Drop-In: Where guests receive a hot meal and can access a range of services to meet their immediate needs such as clothing, showers and laundry facilities
  • Advice and resettlement service: Advice workers are available at Sunday Drop-In and at the Winter Night Shelter to help guests find and retain accommodation, to advise them on routes into employment or to advise on benefits to which they may be entitled.
  • Cafe Training Programme: 8-10 people who have recently been homeless or are looking to get back into work join Margins for a one month training session where they receive their Level 2 Food Safety Certification, learn how to work with and cook foods, and learn to work in a kitchen.  Each person has the opportunity to apply for paid, supportive employment within our Margins Kitchen, open at all Concerts (except Sundays).
  • Winter night shelter: Every Thursday between January and March we welcome up to 17 guests to a warm, dry shelter, along with a hot nutritious evening meal and a hot and hearty breakfast the following morning as part of the Caris Islington Network of night shelters.
  • Daylight cafe: A group of dedicated volunteers runs a community cafe open at all Daylight concerts.  All money raised goes towards our other projects.  It is also a way for Margins to integrate with Union Chapel events and the Islington community.
  • Groups and workshops: We run a variety of groups and workshops throughout the week, allowing our guests to meet up, relax, develop creativity, learn new skills and grow in confidence and self-esteem.