CARIS Islington

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Welcome to the CARIS Islington Website

Caris Islington is a registered charity which runs two projects in Islington - a Bereavement Counselling Service for children and adults, and a cold weather night shelter for homeless people in Islington.

CARIS Islington AGM
Caris AGM will take place on Friday March 25th and will be an online event. Further details TBC.

This message explains our suggestions now that lockdown has been implemented. Messages can be left by phone on 020 7281 5200 and emails can be sent to [email protected] which are being picked up remotely each day.

Our Adult Bereavement Counselling Service is open for existing clients and new referrals. Existing counselling sessions and booked assessments will continue by phone or internet/video link until further notice. Your Counsellor will contact you to discuss arrangements for counselling sessions. New referrals can be sent by email or you can phone us. You will be informed of any changes to these arrangements.

The Children's and Young People's service is still open for referrals. Most of our counsellors are able to offer online working with the young people who have been referred. However this method of working is not appropriate for everyone and we are endeavouring to find alternative ways of supporting, particularly younger children. We have developed an online phone training for our counsellors. We are still discussing how we will do counselling with younger primary aged children. We are able to offer support for parents as well as teachers and other referrers if required.

It is with great regret that CARIS have come to the conclusion that we are unable to run the Cold Weather Shelter safely in our churches this winter. Other London boroughs have taken a similar decision, or have moved to a single fixed location, or are looking to implement alternative arrangements. We know many of you will share the same disappointment we feel over this decision.

However, in the context of Covid, the requirements necessary to keep guests and volunteers safe and socially distanced work against many of the strengths of our current Cold Weather Shelter model. Whilst we have explored a number of alternatives in depth, we do not currently have a single building available which would allow guests to have their own rooms and shower facilities. There are also risks with the alternating of large numbers of volunteers running the shelter.

We are now consulting with other bodies to explore different ways we can support those who find themselves homeless in Islington. We will keep you informed of any possibilities. We very much hope that the suspension of the Cold Weather Shelter this year is a one-off temporary necessity and that we can resume the Shelter programme in 2022.

Thank you all for your support of the Cold Weather Shelter scheme over the years. We very much hope we can work with you again in the near future.

If you are a counsellor or counsellor in training and would like to volunteer with us we offer training courses once a year. Due to Covid 19 restrictions we are not sure when it will be possible to run the next training course. If you would like to be added to our waiting list please email us including whether you would like to work with adults, children & young people, loss and trauma or both services. Please email [email protected]

Our Cold Weather shelter is currently closed for 2021 season. To contact the team please email [email protected]

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Caris Islington
"Our vision is of a community service open to all in Islington affected by bereavement or homelessness, offering counselling and cold weather shelters"

(From the Caris Islington Mission Statement)

We work with bereaved people and homeless in Islington, North London. For homeless people we provide a cold weather night shelter. For bereaved people we provide bereavement counselling for adults, children and young people.

You can find more information about our projects on this website. You can also go to our download section for our latest Annual Report and other information about CARIS Islington.

To subscribe to our newsletter please contact us via our email contact form or email [email protected]

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Would you like to become one of our Trustees?

Caris Islington is managed by a board of trustees who meet quarterly:

Jackie Mair (Chair)
Jan Gale (Company Secretary)
Robyn Boparai (Treasurer)
Ruth Mair (Minutes Secretary)
Rev. Andrew Chrich
Elena Marchenko
Judy Graham
Nick Hopkins
Pindy Bhullar

If you would like to get in touch with our trustees please email [email protected] or [email protected]

Please see our Trustee Responsibilities for information about the role of CARIS Islington's trustees, its committees and policies.

Contact us if you would be interested in joining one of our committees or becoming a trustee.

Our Supporters

Caris Islington is supported by many churches, trusts and individuals in Islington.

Click here for a PDF about Gift Aid and to download a gift aid form

Caris Islington and its projects relies entirely on donations.

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If you wish to send us a donation please send an email to [email protected] and if possible use BACS. You can also donate using Amazon Smile, Paypal Giving Fund, Easy Fundraising, Local Giving and Just Giving.

All donations go to Caris general fund unless you tell us. Please inform us if you want your donation to go to the Cold Weather Shelter, Adult Bereavement or Children and Young People Bereavement.

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