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 […]

Can you do more than St Thomas More?

It was a delight to meet some of the students at St Thomas More Catholic School in Wood Green, who have recently been supporting the Centre in many different ways. Community fundraiser, Sandra Deeble, led lessons last week with groups in Year 7 and Year 8, who discussed what home meant to them and the importance of getting young people […]

Happy Hampers!

Having raised a whopping £860.55 for us during a Sainsbury’s bag pack last year, the Year 6 class at St Joseph’s Primary School, Cadogan Street, continue to find new ways to support the Centre. Earlier this week, Sandra Deeble, our community fundraiser, was invited to an assembly at the school. Two pupils, Shina and Luis, read out the message below, before […]

Turning musical notes into bank notes

The ETCetera choir’s latest performance raises a whopping £930 for the Centre. The choir rehearses in the Sacred Heart Church here at the Centre every Monday lunchtime. Its members are very local, coming from DEFRA, the Department for Transport and the Department for Communities. Just before Easter, the choir performed Haydn’s Nelson Mass to a packed house at St John’s Smith […]

IT revolution

As part of the on-going development of our education and employment opportunities, we are planning some big changes to the way our IT services operate. Using the Internet is something that many of us take for granted these days. However, a digital divide exists in this country where close to 9 million people have never accessed the Internet! This figure […]

Love conquers all

Tigist fled to the UK following persecution and her husband’s wrongful imprisonment. As an asylum seeker she was moved from Liverpool to Manchester, and then to London, where she spent a period of time sofa surfing and sleeping rough. When her husband was eventually released, they could finally speak on the phone, but this was the hardest time for her […]

Putting lives back on track

When Maths and Geography teacher Mr Tom Rose volunteered at the Centre one Christmas, he was very moved by the experience.  It inspired him to talk to his school, Dulwich Prep, about the possibility of choosing the Centre as their Advent charity.  At assembly one morning, Mr Rose spoke about his Christmas volunteering to launch their fundraiser: Make your own […]

ETCetera Choir to perform Joseph Haydn’s Nelson Mass

The ETCetera Choir are to perform Joseph Haydn’s Nelson Mass, in support of the Cardinal Hume Centre. On 26th March at 1pm the choir will perform at St John’s, Smith Square. A collection, in lieu of an admission charge, will be donated to the Centre and the Parish of St Stephen’s with St John’s in Westminster. The ETCetera Choir was founded in 2009 and is formed […]


Over 150 boys from Westminster Cathedral Choir School (WCCS) jumped into the water last week at the Queen Mother Sports Centre to raise money for the Centre. With an impressive level of energy and a keen competitive spirit, the swimmers – day boys and choristers – swam for almost an hour. Parents came to cheer and take photographs and the […]

Currying favour with the Cardinal – by Elsie Maciel

‘The first time I met Cardinal Hume was in the late 1980’s when he attended our (the former Asian Chaplaincy) Fayre in the hall outside the cathedral.’ ‘I had a stall of my home-made Goan delicacies (chutneys, pickles etc). The Cardinal made it a point of stopping at every stall and when he reached mine, he said how pleased he was to […]

Cardinal Hume’s family drum up support

Last week Cardinal Hume’s family generously sponsored a wonderful evening of African Drumming in aid of the Centre. Long term supporters of the Centre John and Catherine Hickman, who is Cardinal Hume’s niece, brought their family and friends together for an alternative fundraising evening. The event held at St Clements Church, West London, saw over 60 guests arriving to test their musical abilities on African […]

Benefit cuts: unjust and unwise

From April 2013 the living standards of the poorest people in the UK will be placed under renewed strain as unprecedented cuts are made to our social security system. For all the unpleasant talk about ‘skivers’ and ‘shirkers’, these will hit everyone who needs support to meet the basic costs of daily life; from single mothers balancing childcare with multiple […]

The Open Forum

On Saturday 16th February, the Cardinal Hume Centre opened its doors to invite everyone who uses the Centre, or who lives in the local area to come and get involved and have their say in how things work here. Along with amazing moroccan food, cooked by some of the parents who use our family centre, there were activities for the […]