What strikes you most when speaking with Safia is the sense of duty she felt towards her family, and the heavy burden that placed upon her shoulders. She was supporting six grown-up children, four of whom were living with her, working day and night shifts for the NHS, and was struggling to keep her head above water following the loss […]
“When I was 16 I knew that I had to take my life into my own hands, and I moved to London on my own. My parents had too many problems to help me so I needed to become independent. I had been living with my mother and stepfather in Rome for nearly 10 years. During that time I was […]
“When I first came to the Centre I could only say hello. Now I can have conversations with people.” Khaltom moved to the UK in 2009 along with her husband and their nine year old daughter. They had left behind their lives in Iraq to seek a safer life for their daughter. “My country is very beautiful, but it has […]
At the Cardinal Hume Centre we aim to work with the most vulnerable people in our community. The ultimate goal for all the work that we do is about helping individuals to build up their resilience so that they can lead fully independent lives. Jeanita, in our employment team, is currently working with Muhammad, who has been out of work […]
Abayomi is fiercely protective of her daughter and is determined that she will have a better life; one free from fear and filled with opportunity. Abayomi first came to the Centre after Kids Company closed down. She had received invaluable care and support from the staff there and they made sure that she would be left in safe hands by […]
Sara, who hails from Eritrea, initially came to the Centre as a client in the IT room. It was when she attended an assessment that she realized in order to pass her Life in the UK test she would benefit from one to one coaching in basic reading. I was assigned to coach Sara in October last and I was […]
Remona and Johnson are from Tamil Nadu in India. They have lived in the UK for over seven years and all three of their children have been born here since they emigrated. Johnson used to be a merchant seaman for the Indian navy and is highly educated. He had moved to the UK with Remona to study and was working […]
Dona moved to the UK in January 2013 in order to be close to her son. She and her husband had moved to Greece, from Albania, in search of a better life. But when her husband was forced to return to Albania Dona found herself stranded in Greece. Eager to support her son’s aspirations of becoming an actor, she made […]
“Richard helped me so much. He made me feel strong when I was weak and he understands me. I give all my thanks to him. He told me I’d get my dream job, but I didn’t believe him” Joewell first came to the Centre in 2008. She was unemployed and living in a homeless hostel nearby. She had aspirations of […]
The positivity with which Georgina talks about her experiences is truly inspiring.
Kathy & Evelyn both generously volunteer in the advice and assessment team, running the client facing reception. The experience has really opened their eyes to how much people are struggling.
Darryl left the Centre four-years-ago, in a much better situation than when he arrived, and things have kept improving for him.
Nadeisha started volunteering in our hostel at the beginning of this year, returning to the Centre 18 years after receiving help here herself.
After seven years of getting nowhere, Abiola finally found the help she needed at the Cardinal Hume Centre.
Willie got in touch with the Cardinal Hume Centre out of the blue in June; 20 years after receiving help from staff in the Centre’s Hostel.
After sleeping rough, Lavonne and her daughter are starting a new life, all thanks to the Centre’s dedicated support.
There are many reasons people become homeless; abuse, addiction, revenge eviction. What about bureaucracy? Read about Josef’s family.
Read an account of our Welfare Rights Officer’s typical day helping the vulnerable people who come to the Centre for advice.