Cardinal Hume Centre hits the high notes as singing group launches

Clients, staff and volunteers are to raise the roof of the Cardinal Hume Centre as its new singing group, Key Notes, launches on Wednesday 24 January. Led by professionals from Wigmore Hall, the weekly lunchtime event aims to encourage clients, volunteers and colleagues across the Centre to exercise their vocal chords, whilst making new friends and improving their confidence in […]


Volunteers bring Christmas cheer to Cardinal Hume Centre

More than 120 volunteers from companies based in London Victoria and beyond are giving up their time to make this Christmas extra special for those visiting the Cardinal Hume Centre. Based in the heart of Westminster, the Cardinal Hume Centre – which supports young people and families to overcome poverty and homelessness – has seen an influx of corporate and […]


Annual advent concert kicks off Christmas festivities at Cardinal Hume Centre

Scores of people headed to the Cardinal Hume Centre in the heart of Westminster on 5 December to attend the charity’s candle-lit advent service. Packing out the Sacred Heart Church, which is attached to the Centre, visitors were treated to a selection of Christmas readings, along with traditional carols performed by the London Oratory School Chamber Choir. The annual event […]


Cardinal Hume Centre unveils £1 million redevelopment plans at special exhibition

New plans for a £1m redevelopment of the Cardinal Hume Centre are being unveiled today at a special exhibition in the heart of Westminster. Open to all the people that the Centre supports, the exhibition – taking place at the charity’s premises on Horseferry Road – showcases architect’s plans to improve the Centre, along with artist’s impressions. Clients will also […]


Family summer programme round up

This year saw an expansion of the Centre’s summer programme for local and disadvantaged families. Activities included a five-day performing arts camp for 4-11 year olds run by Huzzah and based on the film “Sing.” Throughout the week, the 17 participants were guided through the process of learning, rehearsing, and putting on a show. At the end of the week, […]


Cardinal Hume Centre welcomes first ever world day of the poor

The Cardinal Hume Centre is today joining with Catholics across the world to mark the first ever World Day of the Poor. The Day, set by Pope Francis on the 33rd Sunday of the year, is to prepare Catholics for the celebration of the Feast of Christ the King the following Sunday. Pope Francis hopes that the Day will help […]


September Magazine 2017

The September 2017 edition of our magazine is focused around our Residential Services. Inside you will find stories of people who have turned their lives around with us at the Centre, information on the people who run the service and you’ll also be taken on a journey around London with Henok, an ex-resident at the Centre.  You can download the magazine PDF […]


A Visit to Parliament

As someone who takes an active interest in politics, both locally and nationally, I jumped at the opportunity to join others from the Cardinal Hume Centre on a Democratic Access tour of the Houses of Parliament.  We began in the only surviving part of the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Hall, which, we learned, was built in 1097.  We were then […]


Volunteering to Turn Lives Around

When I applied to be a research volunteer at the Cardinal Hume Centre, I was very happy to be offered the opportunity to use some of the skills and knowledge that I’ve learned, not always intentionally, through a hotchpotch of life experiences and education. I found out about the vacancy through UCL where I am studying the Psychology of Education. […]


Refugee Week 2017

Refugee Week (19-25 June 2017) is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding of why people seek sanctuary. The founding ethos of Cardinal Hume Centre is to provide welcome, sanctuary and hospitality to people of all backgrounds. We work with many people who for […]


Charity Shop Donations

We are always grateful for donations to our Cardinal Hume Centre charity shop; everything we receive helps us to do more for families in Westminster. There are however a few things that sadly we’re unable to take, and we’d hate for anyone to have a wasted journey to us, so please check the list below before donating your items. Basic / […]


Centre’s CEO Cathy Corcoran speaks at Faith Matters Question Time

    THE GENERAL ELECTION: WHICH WAY FORWARD? Monday 5th June 2017 – 6:45 – 8:45pm Farm Street Church Hall, 114 Mount St, London W1K 3AH Cathy Corcoran (CEO, Cardinal Hume Centre) Melanie McDonagh (Leader Writer, Evening Standard) Rt Rev John Sherrington (Roman Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster) Revd Lucy Winkett (Rector, St James’s, Piccadilly)   All welcome to an […]


Afia’s Story

As a doctor, Afia was a strong female figure in her community in Afghanistan, working with local people as well as volunteering with a number of non-governmental organisations including Amnesty International. However, her strength and independence made her a target for the Taliban. Afia explains: “The situation in Afghanistan is not good. Women face a lot of problems if they […]


James’ Story

“Now I get up and go to work with a spring in my step, thinking about what I’ll achieve for the day,” says James who was supported back into work by Sarah Roper in our employment team. James, 53, had worked all his life in the hospitality industry. Starting as an apprentice chef, he progressed to become an area manager […]


Spring Magazine 2017

The Spring 2017 edition of our magazine gives a detailed insight into the various people who come to the Centre and how the Centre’s services work together to turn lives around.  You can download the magazine PDF in full, or if you’d like us to send you a copy then please send your postal address to fundraising@cardinalhumecentre.org.uk    


LHA London spruce up family services

  A huge thanks to the wonderful team from the head office of LHA London who recently volunteered to improve the family centre space. Accommodation provider LHA London have generously supported the Centre for several years, paying for new showers and cooking facilities in the hostel, but were keen to get involved in a different way. The thirteen strong team came […]


Ross’s Story

“My time as a volunteer at the Cardinal Hume Centre was within the context of my seminary formation at Allen Hall, London. As part of our formation program for priesthood we could choose a weekly pastoral placement, to give us exposure to the pastoral needs we may experience later in our priestly ministry. I opted to go to the Cardinal […]


London Legal Walk 2017

London Legal Support Trust

 We are walking with the Lord Chief Justice and thousands of lawyers to raise funds for Law Centres and pro-bono agencies in and around London.


Helen’s Story

“I lost my job and my home. For weeks I was homeless. I carried all my belongings with me as I tried to find a different friend’s sofa to crash on each night. It was difficult and stressful. Had it not been for a kindly passer-by who referred me to a women’s hostel I don’t know how long I would […]