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 […]

Building five new flats

24/05/13 – Update 7: The Final Furlong! The builders have been steadily moving forward and we’re now coming up to the final stages of the project as the flats take shape. Dermot, the plasterer, has been making the walls super smooth,flat and perpendicular to the floor, so much so that any visitor just can’t resist touching them! The Big’un from […]

Pass the Parcel

This Winter you can help homeless young people just by Passing the Parcel. Every year we all end up with at least one unwanted Christmas present. Whether it’s a DVD you have already seen, a book you have already read, or the annual knitted jumper from Aunty Doris, the Cardinal Hume Centre needs your unwanted gifts! Your unwanted gifts will help […]

A Merry Christmas at the Centre

Thanks to our wonderful and generous supporters and volunteers, our young residents, local families and people with nowhere else to go were able to have a Merry Christmas at the Cardinal Hume Centre. There was something for everyone over the Christmas period, with plenty of food, games, chatter and music. Thank you to all the committed volunteers who came to […]

Turning bric a brac into gold

The Centre’s longest serving volunteer,Mr Ted Neville, 88, has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Years Honours List

Employment Team Success Leaves Work Programme in the Shade

Corin Pilling – Manager of Learning, Development and Employment Over the last 12 months, the Cardinal Hume Centre’s Employment Team has achieved some exceptional results, helping  over 50 clients into work. Many people looking for work are faced with multiple barriers such as housing issues, experiences of long- term unemployment and a lack of relevant skills.  Yet through one service […]

Christmas comes early

Thanks to the Channel 4 sales team over 50 children were able to have a much happier Christmas. Twenty families who use the Centre to access advice, learning and childcare services were invited to Channel 4 for an exclusive screening of the Snowman and Snowdog. Adding to the excitement were the pizzas and sweets that had been laid on by […]