Yasmin’s story

Two years ago Yasmin Komba was living in a women’s refuge, in a hostel dormitory with her six-year-old son. She had no family or friends to turn to. Today, thanks to the Centre she has a new life in her own home. “I was crying every day, all the time. I didn’t know what to do or how to make […]


Families Challenge Mayoral Candidates

With less than 48 hours remaining to win the crucial family vote Mayoral Candidates Brian Paddick and Jenny Jones were put on the spot by parents from the Cardinal Hume Centre who wanted to hear how they would help families in capital if they were elected. In a question time style debate with topics ranging from childcare, housing, family friendly […]


Paul Goggins MP – New chair of trustees

The Cardinal Hume Centre has appointed Paul Goggins, Member of Parliament for Wythenshawe and Sale East, as the new Chairman of its Board. As a former National Director of Church Action on Poverty, he has a clear understanding of the issues facing homeless young people.  The Centre based in Westminster provides a home for 32 young people and plays a […]


Lisa’s Story

Lisa Smith came to the Centre a year ago and is now working in a nursery and studying for NVQs in childcare.  She is hoping to move to a Housing Association flat soon with help from staff at the Centre. Lisa lived with her mother and step-father and 3 siblings in Thornton Heath in South London.  She stayed at school […]


Thank you J.H Kenyon

Local Funeral Directors,  J. H Kenyon came to visit the Centre this afternoon and delivered a £500 donation. A big thank you to the manger of J.H Kenyon, Philip Smyth, and all their employees. Philip read about the Centre is his local parish newsletter and chose the Centre as the charity which J.H Kenyon would donate the money they had […]


Archbishop Vincent Nichols signs up to Change a Life

As times get tougher for people living on the edge, the Archbishop of Westminster is backing a new campaign which celebrates how those very same people can beat the odds and turn their lives around with tailored, non-judgmental support. Change a Life is a new initiative being launched this week by the Cardinal Hume Centre aimed at bringing residents and […]


Citizens Advice comes to the Centre

The Westminster Citizens Advice Bureau is setting up a weekly satellite service at the Cardinal Hume Centre.  Residents in South Westminster will be able to get all the advice and guidance they need from advice bureau staff at the Centre just off Horseferry Road from Wednesday (April 18). We are delighted to be able to extend our own services by […]


Holy Apostles Pimlico raises £5,000 for the Centre

A gala fundraiser for the Cardinal Hume Centre took place at Holy Apostles parish hall in Pimlico, central London, on Saturday evening, with a wine tasting, an auction and a concert of classical songs and arias, sung by MP Sarah Teather and Canon Pat Browne accompanied by pianist Richard Black. The short wine tasting was led by Margaret Harvey, Master […]


Centre Parents Tackle Housing Issues

A group of parents from the Cardinal Hume Centre put the spotlight on the lack of adequate housing, the difficulties they face in bidding for better homes and the long wait they face for permanent homes in Westminster at a public meeting on Tuesday (March 20). Local MP Karen Buck, Westminster council housing officials and housing providers were all at […]


Thank you Saint Christina’s

The children at Saint Christina’s School in St John’s Wood, London, really understand what makes a difference when someone is going for a job interview. At an assembly this week, they told the Cardinal Hume Centre Community Fundraiser Sandra Deeble that ‘a nice smile and looking someone in the eye’ can help you in an interview situation. They also cited smart clothes […]


St Dominic’s raises £1,000 for the Centre

A group of students from St Dominic’s Sixth Form College in Harrow, were inspired to raise money for the Centre after visiting last year. After meeting some of the young people who call the Centre their home, Action 4 Change decided to raise money for the Centre by doing a sponsored sleepout. The result has been amazing with over £1,000 […]


Darryl’s story

A year ago Darryl  was recovering from drug and alcohol abuse after living on the streets. Today he is the proud father of a beautiful three-month-old baby and has a job he loves at a luxury hotel in London’s West End. He came to the Centre from a rehabilitation programme determined to change his life forever and with the help […]


John Lewis help the Centre get creative for Christmas!

On December 20th parents and children from our family centre and English language student joined John Lewis volunteers Lisa and Nicola to make Christmas themed arts & crafts. A great day was had by all as Lisa and Nicola demonstrated how to make beautifully decorated Christmas boxes & beaded stars. Over 40 students, parents and children joined the sessions and […]


Family and friends celebrate Cardinal’s memory

As part of our 25th anniversary, 150 family members and friends of Cardinal Hume (or Uncle George as he was fondly known to many) held a party to celebrate his founding of the Centre and the continuing legacy it represents.   His nephew, William Charles, paid tribute to the work of the Centre and how proud the Cardinal would be of […]


25th Anniversary Mass

The Cardinal Hume Centre is  celebrating 25 successful years of enabling homeless young people and local families to turn their lives around and build better futures. The Centre was set up in 1986 by Cardinal Basil Hume in response to seeing young homeless people sleeping on the streets around the Cathedral.  Today that legacy lives on and the Centre reaches […]


South African Minister Visits Cardinal Hume Centre

The South African Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini toured the Cardinal Hume Centre today  (Friday, September 9th) to find out about the challenges facing people in the UK who are homeless or living in poverty. Ms. Bathabile was particularly interested in the work the Centre does with the 32 young homeless people who live in its hostel accommodation.  She acknowledged […]


Twenty people get on their bikes for the Centre

The Cardinal Hume Centre held its first ever sponsored bike ride on Friday 21st September. The aim was to raise £10,000 towards the cost of building five new flats for homeless young people at the Centre. Twenty bleary eyed cyclists arrived at the Cardinal Hume Centre on Friday morning, for a much needed breakfast, before braving the 85 mile route to […]


25th Anniversary Launch

The Cardinal Hume Centre has launched its 25th Anniversary year on the 12th Anniversary of Cardinal Basil Hume’s death.  It was marked by a Mass celebrated by the Centre’s Patron, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, and attended by nine members of the Hume family. The Centre was set up in 1986 by Cardinal Hume in response to seeing young homeless people sleeping […]


Big Cheese Celebration

Celebrity chef Fergus Henderson is backing the Big Cheese Celebration one of the events being held to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Cardinal Hume Centre. The idea is for groups, schools, parishes and individuals to hold cheese and wine parties to raise money for the Centre which was founded by Cardinal Basil Hume. The money will help the Centre […]