Islington Council’s top priority is keeping people safe and supported throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. The council’s objectives are set out in the Prevention of Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy; we planned to halve the number of people on the street by 2022 and have achieved this ahead of schedule. Islington’s ambition is that no one should have to sleep on the streets.
We know that some people are experiencing economic and housing challenges as a result of the pandemic, and are working with partners, from both across council departments and externally to support those in greatest need.
What you can do
There are many things that individuals can do to help the homeless:
Encourage people at risk of homelessness to get early help by contacting the Advice Service; Advice.Housing@islington.gov.ukor by telephone: 020 7 527 6371
Refer people to Streetlink if rough sleeping – telephone: 0300 500 0914 or www.streetlink.org.uk
You could consider joining a local mutual aid group
Buy a copy of the Big Issue to help a registered vendor
If you are able to, you could consider donating useful items or money to one of our partner organisations who support homeless and marginalised people;
Pilion Trust – runs a food bank from their Ring Cross site and is seeking donations of non-perishable items. In particular, cans of tuna, rice, pasta, noodles, cereals are wanted. You can donate food items on Monday – Friday between 12pm – 5pm at 60 Lough Road, London N7 8RH.
The Margins Day Centre – is seeking men’s clothing, including trousers, jogging bottoms, shoes in all sizes, new underwear and socks, backpacks and also non-perishable food items. You can donate items on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 10am – 12pm, at the Union Chapel (back entrance) Compton Avenue, N1. Please contact the team in advance to let them know you will be coming; telephone 0207 704 9050 or email email@example.com.
The Manna – is seeking men’s clothing in all sizes, including woolly hats, gloves and socks and toiletries. These can be dropped off at the Manna Centre during their drop in services; St Stephen’s Church N1 2DF, Wednesday 1 – 3pm, and Friday 10am – 12pm.
Museum of Homelessness (MoH). You can visit MoH’s Street Museum on Thursdays between 12 – 2pm at Highbury Corner where you can find out more about their work. The Museum are also seeking a building for a permanent base in the North London area, if you are able to assist – please contact; firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Outside Project – you could consider donating to the UK’s first LGBTIQ+ Community Shelter and Centre.
St Mungos – there are many ways to get involved or donate with St Mungos.