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.


Giving advice through the lockdown

The Centre’s advice team welcomes and assesses clients. Phil, Manager of Assessment Services, describes the complicated task of giving advice remotely and keeping the Centre accessible and safe for people who need it.


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 […]


Adapting our employment support in response to health crisis

Jeanita supporting people with their employment search from home! The unique situation we are all in at the moment creates new challenges for those of us supporting people into work. At a time when the government is actively encouraging people to stay at home, those who were already desperate to find meaningful and sustainable employment are particularly vulnerable. The Cardinal […]


Home Heroes wanted to take up the 2.6 Challange

Calling all home heroes! Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Why not help the work of the Cardinal Hume Centre at the same time? Create your own tough mudder challenge, walk 2.6km around your house in fancy dress – that’s 3,412 steps! The money raised will mean we can continue to support families living in poverty. Despite the […]


A huge thank you to our partner, Two Magpies Fund

Two Magpies Fund is providing the Cardinal Hume Centre with essential funding, helping us cover our Family Centre running costs during the COVID-19 crisis. This means that our Family Centre can continue to operate as a critical frontline service in partnership with other Westminster services, so that together, we can continue to do all that is possible to prevent and tackle […]


A message from our Chief Executive…

A number of you have been in touch to share your thoughts and concerns about the global health crisis, anxious not just foryour friends, families and colleagues but worried about what it will mean for the work of the Cardinal Hume Centre. I am writing to tell you about how we plan to meet the extraordinary challenges of the coming […]


Vacancy: Casual Worker – Young People’s Supported Accommodation

Do you have experience or would like to develop your experience in working with vulnerable young people at risk of homelessness? Do you have availability to cover shifts across a range of days, evenings or nights? Then this could an ideal role for you. Our 32 bed supported accommodation offers 16 – 25 year olds a safe place to stay […]


Change to Centre opening times

UPDATE: Please telephone the Cardinal Hume Centre on 0207 227 1673 before visiting. In light of the Government’s advice, we are changing the way we work so that we can continue offering our services during this difficult time. This means we need to reduce face to face services, and offer telephone advice in most cases. From Monday the 23rd of […]


Coronavirus – Building Access Update

If you have any of these symptoms please do not enter our building to help protect others.         Cough – Fever – Shortness of breath Please stay at home for 7 days. If you start to feel worse please contact the NHS by phoning 111. If you need to contact us please phone 020 7227 1673 or […]


A Lenten Journey

Lent is traditionally a time for reflection – for thinking about the difference we can make in the world, and in our own lives. Jenny Hazelden reflects here on her work as an English language teacher at the Cardinal Hume Centre.


BNP Paribas Christmas Raffle Raises £18k

Raffle Screen at BPN Paribas Head Office

The Cardinal Hume Centre was delighted to be selected in December as BNP Paribas’ chosen charity for its Christmas Raffle. The raffle saw employees from across the business selling tickets over a two week period, with adverts for the raffle displayed on huge screens at their London Head Offices. In total, a whopping 3,600 tickets were bought by employees, who […]


One donation, twice the impact: The Big Give Christmas Challenge

All donations to the Cardinal Hume Centre will be doubled between December 3 – 10 2019, as we once again take part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge – the largest matched funding campaign in the UK. We aim to raise £100,000 (including matched donations) during the week-long campaign. Those who give to the Centre via The Big Give will […]


Autumn/Winter Magazine Now Available!

The Autumn/Winter 2019 edition of our magazine is here! Inside you will find an introduction from our Chief Executive, George O’Neill, a look at what our clients have to say about us, a delicious Doro Wot recipe from Alem, some immigration facts and figures along with the inspiring stories of Adam, Brenda and Monica. Enjoy! You can download the magazine PDF […]