Winning ticket for Cardinal Hume Centre

Lottery Funding for Cardinal Hume Centre to tackle housing insecurity in Westminster
  • New project focusing on helping the most vulnerable people stay in their homes
  • Three years of early-intervention funding for advice and outreach in South Westminster

The Cardinal Hume Centre is delighted to be partnering with the Big Lottery Fund to run a new project for people in danger of losing their homes, called ‘Westminster Community Lifeline’, over the next three years.hi_big_e_lrg_blue-2

A grant of £267,289 has been awarded by the Big Lottery Fund to help build people’s capability and skills to maintain housing and improve their life chances in the future.

The three year project will benefit at least 500 people who are trying to survive on very low incomes and who are in danger of losing their homes due to sanctions, arrears or a gap between income and costs. The Cardinal Hume Centre will be specifically working with those who are marginalised and do not currently engage with mainstream services.

“The Centre’s aim is to support people living with insecurity and addressing the threat of homelessness. Thanks to the grant by Big Lottery Fund we are moving towards making this a reality.” Says Mark Foster, Director of Advice and Assessment, who will be running the project.

The project was inspired by previous work helping people avoid homelessness in the local area. One of the people who benefitted from that work was Theresa, who was helped into a new home last year

“I could not have done it without their help. They fought for me every step of the way. They even helped me to move in, sort out the bills, my benefits and find some cheap furnishings so I could set up a home for my family”.

Ismail was also helped by the Cardinal Hume Centre into a new home after living on the street:  “The staff at the Centre have helped me to find get my life back again.  I was at a stage when my life was going nowhere.  But they pushed themselves to the limit and did much more for me than I could ever have expected.”

The funding comes from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme, and will allow the Cardinal Hume Centre to help more people like Theresa and Ismail over the next three years.

Westminster Community Lifeline starts in December 2014, if you live in South Westminster and think that your housing situation is under threat, the Cardinal Hume Centre may be able to help you. Please contact us on 020 7222 1602, or come and see us.


The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.

The Fund is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. Since its inception in 2004 we have awarded close to £6bn.

The Fund was formally established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.