“London is…”

One of our newest ESOL students, Edgar , is a keen poet. He recently showed his teacher a notebook full of poems he had written in his native Spanish, with each one carefully translated into English beneath. One of these poems, pictured below, was used as the inspiration for  a musical composition performed in December by a group of students and Wigmore […]

The Centre gets it’s Bake On!

The fundraising team got baking and just a little bit competitive to launch the Centre’s first Great Christmas Bake Off. From a Yule Log, to Cranberry and walnut brownies, to Festive Cupcakes there was an array of tatsty goodies on offer for staff and volunteers to buy – with some sampling several of the baked delights! Everyone was on a sugar high and the […]

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat”

Between April and September this year, 350,000 people in the UK were fed by a Foodbank, and the problem is growing.   Unfortunately, here at the Centre, like the rest of the country, we are seeing more and more people who are struggling to feed their families. To make sure people don’t go hungry, the Centre works with the Westminster Chapel Foodbank. Every month, […]

Advent Carol Concert

On Tuesday 3rd December, the Centre will be holding its annual Advent Carol Service, for clients, staff and donors to celebrate together. The candlelit service will be held at 6.30pm in the Sacred Heart Chapel, Horseferry Road, with music from the London Oratory School Chamber Choir. Afterwards, guests are invited to stay for warm mince pies and mulled wine in […]

Catholic charities highlight risk of criminalising children

The following letter appeared in the Times newspaper on Wednesday 31st October. Dear Sir, Whilst we recognise the harm that anti social behaviour can cause victims, especially vulnerable and elderly people, we have serious concerns about many of the proposed changes within the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill, coming before the House of Lords tomorrow. As a coalition of […]

Our Charity Shop Needs You

Could you spare a morning or afternoon to volunteer in our charity shop? As well as being an important source of revenue for the Centre, the shop is the public face of the Cardinal Hume Centre in our local community. Recently refurbished (thank you John Lewis!), the shop (on Horseferry Road. SW1)  now mirrors the warm and friendly welcome of […]

Food, Fabulous Food!

Westminster Under School invited our community fundraiser, Sandra Deeble, to speak at their “Fabulous Food” Harvest Assembly this month. It was a wonderful start to the day, with the students on great form, singing and performing sketches including The Proof of the Pudding and Amazing Beans. The boys inspired their parents and teachers to reflect on issues including poverty, hunger […]

Home Sweet Home

The Most Rev. Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, visited the Centre yesterday to bless the newly-opened Basil Hume House, a project to help homeless youngsters to live independently. Basil Hume House is the result of our One Hundred and Ten Project, which has been two years in the making, and which now comprises five new flats on Horseferry Road, Victoria. […]

Trustees Wanted to Turn Lives Around

Based in Westminster the Cardinal Hume Centre enables people to gain the skills they need to overcome poverty and homelessness. We work with homeless young people, badly housed families and others in acute need in the local community, with a focus on four critical areas of need: income, housing, education and skills, and legal status. With an annual income in […]

Who Benefits?

  Like millions of others, homeless people, families in poverty, and those struggling on low income jobs often need help from benefits to make ends meet. Too often their voices—like those of others supported by benefits—get ignored, their lives misrepresented. The Cardinal Hume Centre is part of a coalition of charities, community groups and faith organisations aiming to change that. […]

Zero Deal?

The trials and tribulations of ‘zero hours contracts’…   Meet Agostinho, someone I have been working with since June. Having been made redundant in his native Portugal, Agostinho came to the UK in search of work. He enrolled with a cleaning company working up to 60 hours a week. Six months into the job, Agostinho was mugged, had his glasses […]

Giving something back

Andrew Hannan regularly uses the services on offer at the Centre, and has decided to take on the Thames Path Challenge to raise money for the work that we do.   As he explains: “The Cardinal Hume Centre has been, and still is, a great help to me. I am learning how to use computers at the Centre, and often come […]

Summer Fun at the Centre

Several of the Centre’s services are shaking up their schedules for the Summer Programme, which runs for four weeks from Monday 29th July. The summer holidays can be a  difficult time for families living on low incomes and in over-crowded accommodation, as it can be a struggle to find engaging activities to keep children occupied for the whole six weeks. Therefore, the […]

ETCetera goes to the movies

The Etcetera Choir continues to support the Centre, with proceeds from its next concert going towards the work we do. The Choir will once again demonstrate its dexterity, with a wide-ranging programme of music from film and television covering both classical and lighter music. The concert will include big music such as O Fortuna (used for the entrance of the X […]

Retail Renovation

Thanks to John Lewis and Conamar Building Services, the Centre’s charity shop has had a complete make-over   For two weeks in June, the shop was  closed for refurbishment, whilst staff from Conamar carried out a full refurbishment of the interior, including constructing our very first changing room. Staff from John Lewis then came in to put the finishing touches […]

Land Securities lend a hand

A huge thank you to Land Securities for all their hard work in making our move-on flats for young people become a reality. The London-based property firm have sponsored one of the five flats in our 110 Horseferry Road build, which is very near to completion. This month, staff from Land Securities got even more hands-on, when they volunteered for […]

Celebrating the Cardinal’s legacy

In June, the anniversary mass gave staff, clients and supporters an opportunity for reflection amid the hustle and bustle of ‘Change a Life’ month. The mass is held every year to celebrate the life of the Centre’s founder, George Basil Hume, and continues to be a reminder that his legacy lives on in the work that the Centre does. Led […]

Archbishop Vincent Nichols meets families in crisis

The Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, visited the Cardinal Hume Centre on his way to address a civil society summit in London today (Wednesday June 19). Archbishop Nichols, patron of the Centre , met with families to discuss the difficulties they face in today’s economic climate.  He shared with them the points he would be making at the Summit on […]

Archbishop Vincent Nichols signs up to Change a Life

As times get tougher for people living on the edge, the Archbishop of Westminster is backing a new campaign which celebrates how those very same people can beat the odds and turn their lives around with tailored, non-judgmental support. Change a Life is a new initiative being launched this week by the Cardinal Hume Centre aimed at bringing residents and […]