Jean’s Story

Jean Newbold has been volunteering as an English language teacher at the Centre for more than 10 years. She talks about the profound affect it has had on her life.

Amy’s Story

Last year Amy, 29 ran away from her abusive husband. After a few weeks on the streets she managed to find a room at a refuge near to the Centre. For the first few months she barely left her room. Eventually she got talking to another resident who told her about the Centre, and offered to come with her. Amy’s […]

My homeless experience – about my confidence

I remember. It brings back so many flashbacks when I think how weak and depressed I used to be. When I came here to this hostel (Cardinal Hume Centre) I felt paranoid. I didn’t want to cope, I felt really scared because I thought that only drug addicts were the type of people who stayed in hostels. But as one […]

Making Music

On Friday 21st March the music group put on a lunchtime concert for all the staff. It was the culmination of a year-long project, focusing on the theme of London. The sun was shining, making for a beautiful and moving performance.

Third Sunday – A thirst for God’s love

Scripture Reading – Philippians 4:13-15 Jesus replied: ‘Whoever drinks this water will get thirsty again; but anyone who drinks the water that I shall give will never be thirsty again; the water that I shall give will turn into a spring inside him, welling up to eternal life.’ “Christ came to all of us, for all are in need, and all […]

Etcetera concert tickets flying off the shelves!

The Etcetera choir’s free concert, which raises money for the Centre, is already proving very popular, with 300 tickets reserved so far. Book while you still can! Accompanied by an orchestral consort and selected soloists, the choir will be performing some glorious baroque choral music by three of the great Venetian composers – Vivaldi (Gloria RV589), Monteverdi (Beatus Vir) and Lotti […]

Second Sunday of Lent – A cheerful joyous love

Scripture Reading – Philippians 3:20-21 Our homeland is in heaven, and from heaven comes the saviour we are waiting for, the Lord Jesus Christ, and he will transfigure these wretched bodies of ours into copies of his glorious body “Lent is a time during which we should look forward to the celebrations of Holy Week, that is, to the joy of […]

First Sunday of Lent – Forty days in the desert

Scripture Reading – Luke 4:1,1-13 Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit through the wilderness, being tempted there by the devil for forty days. …Having exhausted all these ways of tempting him, the devil left him, to return at the appointed time. “During Lent, like Christ, we too need to live for […]

Ember Yard selects the Centre as their Charity of the Year

The Centre is delighted to be selected by the Ember Yard restaurant as their Charity of Year. From today and for the next 12 months, the Ember Yard will be fundraising for the Centre and supporting clients to pursue careers in hospitality by offering restaurant visits, career advice and practical work experience. Ember Yard will fund two food skills projects […]

An intern’s insight

Kasarah Swart-Kaushal writes about her internship at the Centre To venture out on a ‘study abroad semester’ in a new country is an adventure in and of itself. As I prepared to leave my hometown, Albany, New York, I didn’t know what to expect from my placement. But on the first day that I arrived at the Cardinal Hume Centre I […]

Fundraising record-breakers

A big thank you to our friends at St Thomas More Language College, who chose us as their Advent Charity once again  last year. This time, their fundraising reached new levels and a group of students came to visit us last week with a cheque and donation for £3,088.18. We are delighted! To raise money, St Thomas More students made […]

Ash Wednesday – A time of grace

  Scripture Reading – Joel 2:12-13 ‘But now, now – it is Yahweh who speaks – come back to me with all your heart, fasting, weeping, mourning.’ Let your hearts be broken, not your garments torn, turn to Yahweh your God again, for he is all tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in graciousness, and ready to relent. “The […]

Dean’s Story

Dean had been addicted to Class A drugs since the age of 13. Eventually, his relationship with his parents, both substance users, broke down and Dean’s mum left the family home. His father found it difficult to look after Dean and his brother so eventually they were taken into care. This started a downward spiral and for 20 tumultuous years […]

Omar’s Story

At just 17 years old, Omar is the youngest person living in the Centre’s Hostel. Born into a rough area of London, he worried his life would get sucked into criminal activities and gangs, so he took the brave decision to leave home. With support from the Centre he has just been accepted by Barclays to do a business internship, as […]

Catherine’s Story

After spending the last few years as a full time mum, Catherine,42, wanted to return to work. Her husband provides an income, but now that her son in old enough she desperately wants to improve their financial situation. She says without the support of the Centre she would have already given up. “When I arrived at the Centre I was really […]

John’s Story

“Becoming homeless can happen to anyone. I had always thought that most homeless people were drug addicts or lazy. I never thought it would happen to me. Like lots of people I came to London thinking of all the opportunities. I want to be a journalist, and although I didn’t know exactly how I would make it happen, I wanted […]

Laura’s Story

Laura left Morocco to come to the UK when she got married, aged just 17. The marriage didn’t work out, and eventually she ran away. Despite being so young, Laura managed to build a life for herself in the UK. She is now 56, and has spent her life working hard, and even gave much of her time to  fostering […]

Jordan’s story

“I’ve been in the hostel for five months. I left home about three years ago after falling out with my Mum. I was living here, there and everywhere. I wasn’t sleeping on the streets every night but I know what it feels like – at the time all you worry about is the next thing, feeding your belly and where you […]