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 […]


Maria’s Story

I heard about the Cardinal Hume Centre by word of mouth. My friend talked to me about it. Now my life is so different thanks to all the support and advice I have found at the Cardinal Hume Centre.I have learnt to speak English, have got my resident permit and actually have a mentor and also I am doing voluntary […]


From scepticism to obsession?

Cathy Corcoran OBE – CEO My life changed quite dramatically in March when I finally got it about Twitter.  I had flirted with using it as a New Year Resolution – twice – much to the pleasure and then disappointment of the fundraising team.  I am now hooked. Twitter is informative, educative, and fun.  From laugh out loud to the source of […]


Building five new flats

24/05/13 – Update 8: The Finishing Touches! The builders won’t be with us for much longer. The top floor flats are nearly complete while those in the basement are getting ready for the painting and decorating. Until the final completion update, we’d just like to share a few photo’s of the completed rooms, and the wonderfully cheerful window boxes (courtesy […]


Your latest Centre Life Magazine

The latest edition of the Cardinal Hume Centre’s Centre Life Magazine is out now! Inside you can read peoples real life stories. Read a first hand account about the dangers of sleeping rough, find out how Lucy Shafe has turned her life around from sofa surfing, to studying at University, and much much more! There is also a new memory of Cardinal […]


Books, bag packing, Easter eggs and more… a year of support from Sainsbury’s Pimlico.

In 2012 the Cardinal Hume Centre was delighted to be voted Sainsbury’s Pimlico Charity of the Year and have received wonderful support from the staff and customers. From baking to book collections, bag packing to Easter eggs, Sainsbury’s Pimlico have raised almost £2000 for the Centre. An in-store bag packing event with Children from local schools and staff from the […]


Making Music!

“We got to create our own beats!” Javier Davis is one of thirteen hostel residents who took part in a series of music production workshops in the Centre’s Hostel on Friday evenings. It was a great opportunity to learn something new. As Javier says, “In some ways it’s easy to get lazy and not use your time productively. It was […]