Easter message from our Chief Executive

I am writing to wish you a happy Easter and to thank you for supporting the Centre. It is now just over a year since we all entered lockdown and I wrote to as the Centre drastically changed its operations. Despite the losses Covid-19 has meant for everyone, your generosity allows us to continue helping people escape extreme poverty and […]


Big Bed Down raises thousands

On Friday 26 March, families, flatmates, students and workmates gave up their beds for one night to help support the Centre.


James’s Story

James's story

At 17, James had nowhere to live. The Centre hostel provided an escape from homelessness, and James started turning his life around.
Donate to help more people like James, escape homelessness.


Reflections for Lent 2021

As we enter Lent in lockdown, this collection of reflections may guide your preparation for the joy of Easter.


A Christmas message

2020 hasn’t been an easy year for anyone. At its heart Christmas is a time for celebrating the potential in all life and a time for hope. You will always find that hope at the Cardinal Hume Centre. Breaking out of poverty and escaping homelessness, takes courage and bravery. We may be working differently, but we remain resolutely open for […]


Annabelle’s story

Annabelle and her baby were facing lockdown in complete isolation until they came to the Cardinal Hume Centre.


Karima’s Story: Lockdown update

Karima is just one of the many parents who came to the Centre in 2019, in crisis, and with the Centre’s support was providing for her four children and their futures. Unexpectedly losing income support in March 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic threw their lives into turmoil. Karima tells her story.


Livelihoods at risk

We saw many clients who had been working prior to the pandemic, their lives thrown into turmoil by job and income losses. Debbie and her team has worked on immigration cases throughout lockdown.


Our hostel in lockdown

Keeping our hostel open and safe was our top priority. Head of Homeless Services for Young People Susie worked here throughout lockdown and explains what life has been like in the hostel.


Responding to a global pandemic

The effects of Covid-19 began to be felt in the UK in March 2020, with the Prime Minister announcing a lockdown on the evening of Monday 23 March. While the Cardinal Hume Centre has long had contingency plans, the combination of coronavirus and lockdown has meant working in ways few could have imagined.


Release of our 2019/2020 Annual Report and Financial Statements

What’s inside? Our report looks at how we have raised funds over the last year and how and where we have spent it. There are also some lovely real stories from clients of the Centre to illustrate the impact that the Centre’s work has on individuals. Once such case is that of Adams who suffers from anxiety and came to […]


Remembering Cardinal George Basil Hume, by George O’Neill

Wednesday 17 June 2020 marks the 21st anniversary of Cardinal Hume’s death. Thinking of him reminded me of a story I was told, about how he would start tours for young priests of Westminster Cathedral outside, rather than inside the building. He did this to be amongst the people who were homeless and slept near its steps. I am told […]


Getting Asylum Isn’t Easy!

Our mental picture of a refugee is likely to be someone picked up from a small boat in the Mediterranean or found  hiding in a back of a lorry, but some asylum seekers are already in the UK when they realise they can’t return home. Debbie, our Immigration Manager, tells us of a person she has recently helped. Michael* was in […]


A message from our Chief Executive

Responding to the current health crisis I am writing to update you on how the Cardinal Hume Centre is responding to the extraordinary health crisis.  We are working in ways we would not have imagined a few weeks ago but I am extremely proud to say we are continuing to offer a critical and frontline service. The evidence increasingly suggests that it is […]