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Helping people experiencing homelessness

There are many ways you can help people experiencing homelessness in the borough

Islington’s ambition is that no one should have to sleep on the streets. We work with partners, from across council departments and externally to support those in greatest need.

What you can do

  • Encourage people at risk of homelessness to get early help by contacting the Advice Service by phone 020 7527 6371 or email

  • Refer people sleeping rough to Streetlink – by phone 0300 500 0914 or via the website

  • Buy a copy of the Big Issue to help a registered vendor

Partner organisations

If you are able to, you can donate money or useful items, such as non-perishable food or clothes in good condition to one of our partner organisations who support homeless and marginalised people.

Pilion Trust – runs a food bank from their Ring Cross site, 60 Lough Road, N7 8RH,  Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12noon - 4pm. 

The Margins Day Centresupports people facing homelessness, at Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, N1 2UN. To find out what they currently need phone 020 7704 9050 or email

The Manna at St Stephen’s Church N1 2DF – work with people struggling with addiction, loneliness, depression and poor health. To find out what they currently need phone 020 7226 5369 or email 

Museum of Homelessness (MoH)  - supports community members with emergency funding and supplies. Campaigns to prevent the deaths of people rough sleeping and remembers those who have died while homeless through the Dying Homeless Project.

Outside Project – the UK’s first LGBTIQ+ Community Shelter and Centre.

Streets Kitchen – volunteer to ‘Give a Shift’ at one of Streets Kitchen’s outreach locations.

St Mungo's –works with people rough sleeping to end homelessness. Volunteer opportunities include cooking, art and supporting outreach workers. The current volunteer roles are advertised on St Mungo's website.

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