The Centre strives towards a society where every individual has a safe place to live and where their right to develop is respected and supported.
Mission: Turning Lives Around
The Cardinal Hume Centre enables people to gain the skills they need to overcome poverty and homelessness. We help homeless young people, families in need and individuals living in poverty to realise their full potential.
Cardinal Basil Hume, our founder, was a Benedictine monk and the Centre draws particularly on Benedictine teaching looking to welcome ‘as Christ’ each person who comes to the Centre, providing sanctuary and hospitality to people from all backgrounds. We believe that each person is created in the image of God, and is therefore valuable and precious with the right to the fullness of life. In the words of Cardinal Hume,
“Each person matters; no human life is redundant”.
The Centre, inspired by Catholic Social Teaching, puts the Gospel message into action by reaching out to and giving practical help to those people in greatest social, economic and personal need.
Integrity: we strive to be true to our founding ethos and to live out our vision and mission; we are honest, and we are accountable to all our stakeholders.
Respect: we seek to be non-judgemental, to listen, and acknowledge each other’s worth and to put people at the centre of our work.
Inclusiveness: we promote equality of access to our services and support each client to access the same life opportunities as everyone else.
Compassion: we demonstrate our care for each individual who comes to the Centre in the quality and consistency of the services we offer to them.
Empowerment: we provide holistic support to our clients in helping them to identify their needs and in making informed choices about their lives.
Collaboration: we work together with others who share our values, seeking partnerships to augment and complement our service.