Special rebuild exhibition attracts visitors to Cardinal Hume Centre

Supporters, corporate partners and neighbours of the Cardinal Hume Centre are this week heading to the charity’s premises to learn more about the Centre’s £1m redevelopment project. The charity is staging two open events – on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 March – where visitors can view a special exhibition and short film about the rebuild, and meet with key staff involved in this major project.

The Cardinal Hume Centre’s improvement plans involve the redevelopment of approximately 400m2 of internal and 150m2 of outdoor space at its building, based in the heart of Westminster. The £1m project – beginning this April and set to take around six months to complete – will result in a far more attractive and accessible space; a new welcome area; a revamped family area; better working space for our housing, welfare rights and immigration advice teams; and enhanced training facilities – all to help those most in need locally. The rebuild will also provide a more flexible space for those at the Centre to adapt and grow their services in future in response to emerging need.

The Centre launched a successful capital appeal in 2017 to help fund this vital new project. While sufficient funds have been raised to begin building work, the charity is currently looking to raise a further £100,000 to improve our outdoor spaces, and finance our internal fixtures and fittings. For example:

  • fold away tables for the learning space: £400 each
  • furnishing for one-to-one rooms: £600 per room
  • reception area welcome desk: £2,500
  • outdoor play equipment for children’s playground: £3,500
  • sofas in welcome reception: £5,000

Chief Executive of the Cardinal Hume Centre, Cathy Corcoran OBE, said: “We welcome all of our supporters to the Centre this week, and really look forward to telling them more about our exciting rebuild project. Our £1m rebuild plans are all about putting our clients at the heart of everything we do, and that’s why this project is so very important to us all here. We know how hard it is for people in need to take that first step and ask us for help. By improving our surroundings, making our space more accessible, and bringing our service teams closer together, we hope to make it easier for them to see us and get the help they so desperately need.”

To find out more about our rebuild project, please go to: www.cardinalhumecentre.org.uk/about-us/rebuild