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 […]

Theresa’s Story

Theresa was born and grew up in France, but moved to the UK as a teenager to study and learn English. While she was here she met a man, but once they were married she suffered terrible domestic abuse. Too ashamed to go home to her family in France, she built her life around her two sons. When her sons […]

Chris’s story

“I want everyone who supports the Centre to know, that they are making a difference, that they are investing their money in a good place. I have gone from nothing, to all this opportunity.” For many people the Centre was the place that gave them the space and the chance to rebuild their lives. It is wonderful when Chris came […]

Elizabeth’s Story

Elizabeth is happily working in the Cardinal Hume Centre charity shop, as she rebuilds her confidence and her life. She came to the Centre after loosing her job and her home, but thanks to the Centre staff she looking forward to a brighter future. When Elizabeth lost her job as a care worker, she could no longer afford her flat, […]

Best of British

We have been running a new employment programme in our hostel, Best of British, to help our young people develop key skills. The more exposed young people are to different work places, the better their understanding of what employers are looking for. The Best of British programme was launched to increase workplace awareness, through visits to various local employers. The […]

CSAN Trustees Needed

CSAN comprises over 40 Catholic charities and Caritas organisations who work across England and Wales, providing support to families and children living in poverty, prisoners, victims of crime, refugees, older people, homeless, disabled people and travellers. Rooted in Catholic Social Teaching (CST), CSAN works with some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in England and Wales. CSAN members are […]

Paul Goggins

A man with a passion for justice and a champion of all those living in poverty and homelessness. We are deeply saddened at the death last night of our Chairman, Rt Hon Paul Goggins MP. Paul was Chairman of our Board of Trustees since April 2012 and a friend and supporter of the Cardinal Hume Centre for many years before […]

Christmas arrives at the Centre

The Centre is abuzz with activity, as volunteers help us prepare for our Christmas celebrations. From decorating, to present wrapping, the Centre is feeling festive, thanks to the willing helping hands from local companies and schools. Last Wednesday a team from Ricoh UK came to decorate the Centre. Volunteers from Deutsche Bank came to decorate the hostel. Both teams did an amazing job, and […]

A Boy called Basil

Matthew Pate was so impressed with the Cardinal Hume Centre he decided to choose Basil as his confirmation name. ‘Basil Hume died two months before I was born, but remains in memory as a person of great faith. Before I began my Confirmation course I knew who Hume was, but knew very little about him. But it was during the […]