The Centre was founded in 1986.


January 1, 2015

Dr Robert Arnott appointed as Chair of Trustees. The Paul Goggins Memorial Concert is held at St John’s Smith Square. New part time posts of Communications Officer and Public Affairs Officer established. The Centre’s CEO is named one of the most influential Catholics by the Tablet. Target of £2 million annual voluntary income achieved.

A loss for the Centre

January 20, 2014

Rt Hon Paul Goggins MP, Chair of Trustees, dies suddenly in January.  New 3 year Business Plan (2014-17) comes into play. The Centre co-founds ‘Your Catholic Legacy’ to promote legacy giving to Catholic charities. First annual sponsored CEO Sleepout at Wembley Stadium. Big Lottery Fund bid successful to cover advice work (£270,000 over 3 years).

Basil Hume House opens

October 1, 2013

Basil Hume House opens

Basil Hume House, five flats for young people to hone their independent living skills is opened by Cardinal Nichols in October following a successful capital appeal.  Lord Browne of Ladyton, the Marquess of Lothian and Sarah Teather MP become Patrons. In March 2013, work begins on developing the next 3-5 year Strategic Plan for the Centre.

New posts and a big new partner.

February 27, 2012

A new post of Information Systems Manager is established.  An Action Plan to fully develop the Advice and Assessment service is implemented with a new post of Director of Advice.  Our Employment Team receive their first contract with Department for Work and Pensions, acknowledging their excellent work with long term unemployed.

The Centre celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

January 12, 2011

The Centre celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

Celebrations take place throughout the year, with a host of special events including a special Mass celebrated by Archbishop Vincent Nichols at the Centre. The George Basil Hume Foundation  – the Centre’s group of regular givers – is launched.

December 15, 2010

A record high of 1321 people including 815 new clients come through the Centre’s doors.

10 year anniversary of our founder’s death.

June 17, 2009

The first Anniversary Mass, celebrating the Cardinal’s life and legacy in the work of the Centre takes place at Westminster Cathedral with its new Patron, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, presiding.

New mission, new services.

May 29, 2008

The Centre undertakes a major organisational review resulting in a new mission of employability and financial inclusion, and a complete re-organisation of the staffing structure to put the client at the centre of all activities. New services of Adult Literacy and Basic Skills and Immigration Advice are introduced together with the new post of Partnerships Manager.

The new Centre is complete.

March 8, 2006

The new Centre is complete.

The advice services and English classes return to the Centre in October 2005. The Hostel now accommodates 32 young people! With Family Service returning to Arneway Street in early 2006, all services are now back on site. The newly extended and refurbished Centre officially opens in March. Annual revenue exceeds £1.3 million.


April 6, 2004

Work begins on a two-year building project to refurbish and extend the entire Centre, greatly increasing the hostel’s capacity. Many Cardinal Hume Centre day services are moved off-site for the duration of the building work. The Hostels and administration offices remain open throughout.

April 1, 2001

The Centre becomes incorporated as a company limited by guarantee. Company members include Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor, the Chair of the Westminster Diocesan Pastoral Board, and the Administrator of Westminster Cathedral.

Archbishop Cormac Murphy-O’Connor becomes Patron of the Centre.

March 8, 2000

Bishop Cormac Murphy-O’Connor is installed as 10th Archbishop of Westminster. The Centre Website is also launched and the IT training programme begins, in the first instance for clients of the Family Centre.

Cardinal Basil Hume dies aged 76

June 17, 1999

Cardinal Basil Hume dies aged 76

The Education Project is launched

May 29, 1995

Prompted by the Centre’s clients’ desire to develop their basic literacy and numeracy skills.

The Horseferry Road Project

May 29, 1993

The Horseferry Road Project

An 8-bed residential hostel, opens in the space above the charity shop. The HRP hostel is specifically for people in substance misuse recovery who need a place to live while they get back on their feet. The Centre’s Annual revenue exceeds £500,000 for the first time.

The Hostel Opens

November 1, 1989

The Hostel Opens

Eleven rooms for homeless young people, open on the top floor of the former convent building.

Refuge for Young People

May 26, 1987

The Centre develops according to the major needs identified through communication with the community it serves. The first major identified need is a place of refuge and support for young families living in bed and breakfast accommodation or bed-sits. Therefore the Family Centre was opened at the end of October, staffed by volunteer Sisters. The medical surgery opens in October

Cardinal Hume Purchases the Property

October 17, 1986

Cardinal Hume Purchases the Property

The Sisters of the Eucharist vacate the Sacred Heart convent. Cardinal Hume, Bishop O’Donoghue and Sister Eileen O’Mahoney, purchase the property with help from the Brampton Trust and a loan from the Diocese of Westminster. The founding ethos is centred on homeless young people and families, providing a holistic service addressing the whole range of their needs