CARIS Islington

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Welcome to the CARIS Islington Website

CARIS Islington is a registered charity which runs two projects in Islington:
Bereavement Counselling Service for children and adults
Cold weather night shelter for homeless people in Islington

Our service has now returned to face to face. We are also continuing to work online for clients who want it and home visits are offered to housebound clients in Islington (9am until 4pm) depending on assessments.

Referrals are temporarily closed. We will update this message when we have a date when we are able to reopen when you can resend your referral.

Phone calls to 020 7281 5200 and voicemails are forwarded to our administrator by email so there may be a delay in getting back to you. If you would like to refer to our service please check the Bereavement Counselling page on this website. If you would like to contact us it is best to send an email or use the contact form on this website rather than phoning. If you want to speak to a specific person please send a text or email. For general information please fill out our contact form. We do not operate a helpline service.

Bereavement Service

Please see Bereavement Counselling page for information

Cold Weather Shelter

Please see Night Shelter Page for information regarding this season.

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Our Vision

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.


If you are a counsellor or counsellor in training and would like to volunteer with us we offer training courses once a year for both our adult and children & young people service. Further information is on the Volunteering page. If you would like to be added to our waiting list for either service please email including which service you would like to work with.

Although CARIS has its roots in local Christian churches, we cannot stress enough that our counselling is not faith based. People are welcome as clients, employees and volunteers from all backgrounds and all faiths or none. Part of our training has always been to ensure that people of faith set aside their beliefs during counselling sessions so that they can keep their attention on their clients with open hearts and minds.


To subscribe to our newsletter please go to Newsletter Sign up Form
Alternatively you can use the contact form on this website or email
Our Winter 2022 Newsletter was published at end of March which you can access here Summer Newsletter

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Our Trustees

Would you like to become one of our Trustees?

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

Nick Hopkins (Chair)
Jan Gale (Company Secretary)
Abigail Goldsbrough
Daniel Needleman
Judy Graham
Nehir Kirlar

If you would like to get in touch with our trustees please email or complete our contact form.

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.

Financial Information

Caris Islington and its projects rely entirely on donations.
To download our Gift Aid Form: Gift Aid
To donate using Paypal: Paypal
If you would like to donate to us using BACS or for finance enquires please email

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