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 […]


Aaron’s Story

“I was ill but it got to the level where I had to find work, because I couldn’t see my mum struggle like that.” Aaron, 27, was determined to find work to help pay rent despite been seriously ill and entitled to employment support allowance. When he was less than two years old Aaron was diagnosed with Leukaemia. His mother, […]


Elena’s Story

“If I hadn’t come to the Centre I wouldn’t have had the chance to gain work experience at the University of Cambridge.” Elena lived in the Centre’s Hostel for homeless young people for just over one year. She was fiercely independent throughout her time here and truly determined to be able to stand on her own two feet. By the end of […]


Christmas Carols at the Cathedral for the Centre

Land Securities, the company responsible for the recent transformation of Victoria, is hosting an even bigger and better Christmas carol concert at Westminster Cathedral in aid of the Centre, following the success of last year’s inaugural event.  The festivities will spread beyond the Cathedral too, as ticket holders will be invited to a post-concert reception on the roof garden at […]