Theresa’s Story

Theresa was born and grew up in France, but moved to the UK as a teenager to study and learn English. While she was here she met a man, but once they were married she suffered terrible domestic abuse. Too ashamed to go home to her family in France, she built her life around her two sons. When her sons […]

Chris’s story

“I want everyone who supports the Centre to know, that they are making a difference, that they are investing their money in a good place. I have gone from nothing, to all this opportunity.” For many people the Centre was the place that gave them the space and the chance to rebuild their lives. It is wonderful when Chris came […]

Elizabeth’s Story

Elizabeth is happily working in the Cardinal Hume Centre charity shop, as she rebuilds her confidence and her life. She came to the Centre after loosing her job and her home, but thanks to the Centre staff she looking forward to a brighter future. When Elizabeth lost her job as a care worker, she could no longer afford her flat, […]

Best of British

We have been running a new employment programme in our hostel, Best of British, to help our young people develop key skills. The more exposed young people are to different work places, the better their understanding of what employers are looking for. The Best of British programme was launched to increase workplace awareness, through visits to various local employers. The […]

CSAN Trustees Needed

CSAN comprises over 40 Catholic charities and Caritas organisations who work across England and Wales, providing support to families and children living in poverty, prisoners, victims of crime, refugees, older people, homeless, disabled people and travellers. Rooted in Catholic Social Teaching (CST), CSAN works with some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in England and Wales. CSAN members are […]

Paul Goggins

A man with a passion for justice and a champion of all those living in poverty and homelessness. We are deeply saddened at the death last night of our Chairman, Rt Hon Paul Goggins MP. Paul was Chairman of our Board of Trustees since April 2012 and a friend and supporter of the Cardinal Hume Centre for many years before […]

Christmas arrives at the Centre

The Centre is abuzz with activity, as volunteers help us prepare for our Christmas celebrations. From decorating, to present wrapping, the Centre is feeling festive, thanks to the willing helping hands from local companies and schools. Last Wednesday a team from Ricoh UK came to decorate the Centre. Volunteers from Deutsche Bank came to decorate the hostel. Both teams did an amazing job, and […]

A Boy called Basil

Matthew Pate was so impressed with the Cardinal Hume Centre he decided to choose Basil as his confirmation name. ‘Basil Hume died two months before I was born, but remains in memory as a person of great faith. Before I began my Confirmation course I knew who Hume was, but knew very little about him. But it was during the […]

“London is…”

One of our newest ESOL students, Edgar , is a keen poet. He recently showed his teacher a notebook full of poems he had written in his native Spanish, with each one carefully translated into English beneath. One of these poems, pictured below, was used as the inspiration for  a musical composition performed in December by a group of students and Wigmore […]

The Centre gets it’s Bake On!

The fundraising team got baking and just a little bit competitive to launch the Centre’s first Great Christmas Bake Off. From a Yule Log, to Cranberry and walnut brownies, to Festive Cupcakes there was an array of tatsty goodies on offer for staff and volunteers to buy – with some sampling several of the baked delights! Everyone was on a sugar high and the […]

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat”

Between April and September this year, 350,000 people in the UK were fed by a Foodbank, and the problem is growing.   Unfortunately, here at the Centre, like the rest of the country, we are seeing more and more people who are struggling to feed their families. To make sure people don’t go hungry, the Centre works with the Westminster Chapel Foodbank. Every month, […]

Advent Carol Concert

On Tuesday 3rd December, the Centre will be holding its annual Advent Carol Service, for clients, staff and donors to celebrate together. The candlelit service will be held at 6.30pm in the Sacred Heart Chapel, Horseferry Road, with music from the London Oratory School Chamber Choir. Afterwards, guests are invited to stay for warm mince pies and mulled wine in […]

Catholic charities highlight risk of criminalising children

The following letter appeared in the Times newspaper on Wednesday 31st October. Dear Sir, Whilst we recognise the harm that anti social behaviour can cause victims, especially vulnerable and elderly people, we have serious concerns about many of the proposed changes within the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill, coming before the House of Lords tomorrow. As a coalition of […]

Our Charity Shop Needs You

Could you spare a morning or afternoon to volunteer in our charity shop? As well as being an important source of revenue for the Centre, the shop is the public face of the Cardinal Hume Centre in our local community. Recently refurbished (thank you John Lewis!), the shop (on Horseferry Road. SW1)  now mirrors the warm and friendly welcome of […]

Food, Fabulous Food!

Westminster Under School invited our community fundraiser, Sandra Deeble, to speak at their “Fabulous Food” Harvest Assembly this month. It was a wonderful start to the day, with the students on great form, singing and performing sketches including The Proof of the Pudding and Amazing Beans. The boys inspired their parents and teachers to reflect on issues including poverty, hunger […]

Home Sweet Home

The Most Rev. Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, visited the Centre yesterday to bless the newly-opened Basil Hume House, a project to help homeless youngsters to live independently. Basil Hume House is the result of our One Hundred and Ten Project, which has been two years in the making, and which now comprises five new flats on Horseferry Road, Victoria. […]

Trustees Wanted to Turn Lives Around

Based in Westminster the Cardinal Hume Centre enables people to gain the skills they need to overcome poverty and homelessness. We work with homeless young people, badly housed families and others in acute need in the local community, with a focus on four critical areas of need: income, housing, education and skills, and legal status. With an annual income in […]

Who Benefits?

  Like millions of others, homeless people, families in poverty, and those struggling on low income jobs often need help from benefits to make ends meet. Too often their voices—like those of others supported by benefits—get ignored, their lives misrepresented. The Cardinal Hume Centre is part of a coalition of charities, community groups and faith organisations aiming to change that. […]

Zero Deal?

The trials and tribulations of ‘zero hours contracts’…   Meet Agostinho, someone I have been working with since June. Having been made redundant in his native Portugal, Agostinho came to the UK in search of work. He enrolled with a cleaning company working up to 60 hours a week. Six months into the job, Agostinho was mugged, had his glasses […]

Giving something back

Andrew Hannan regularly uses the services on offer at the Centre, and has decided to take on the Thames Path Challenge to raise money for the work that we do.   As he explains: “The Cardinal Hume Centre has been, and still is, a great help to me. I am learning how to use computers at the Centre, and often come […]