John Lewis help the Centre get creative for Christmas!

On December 20th parents and children from our family centre and English language student joined John Lewis volunteers Lisa and Nicola to make Christmas themed arts & crafts. A great day was had by all as Lisa and Nicola demonstrated how to make beautifully decorated Christmas boxes & beaded stars. Over 40 students, parents and children joined the sessions and […]

Family and friends celebrate Cardinal’s memory

As part of our 25th anniversary, 150 family members and friends of Cardinal Hume (or Uncle George as he was fondly known to many) held a party to celebrate his founding of the Centre and the continuing legacy it represents.   His nephew, William Charles, paid tribute to the work of the Centre and how proud the Cardinal would be of […]

25th Anniversary Mass

The Cardinal Hume Centre is  celebrating 25 successful years of enabling homeless young people and local families to turn their lives around and build better futures. The Centre was set up in 1986 by Cardinal Basil Hume in response to seeing young homeless people sleeping on the streets around the Cathedral.  Today that legacy lives on and the Centre reaches […]

IT can change lives

Yusuf Patel, Adult Learning and Development Officer. This week my colleagues and I were hit by a local power outage that disrupted our internet connection; so dependent are we on the internet to access information, check client records and communicate with the world outside that many of us suffered withdrawal as we frantically waited to hear when our internet connection […]

A Gateway to better things

Gareth Farmer – Gateway Officer Life in the Gateway is never dull, far from it. From housing emergency, help with understanding a benefits form to finding somebody a clinic, at the Gateway we see all! We never know which order these issues might present themselves or the background of the people bringing them to us. To bring you up to speed, […]

From Argentina to London

Richard Bennett – Immigration Advisor Working as the immigration advisor at Cardinal Hume Centre in the heart of one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities brings you into contact with some very interesting characters from all corners of the globe. Take for example Roberto, an elderly Argentinean gentleman, who has led a colourful and peripatetic life. He lived in the UK […]

Through the night

Robert Wood – Hostel Waking Night Staff For the last 12 months I have been working through the night ensuring that the young people in the hostel are safe and have someone to talk to if needed. I am sad to be leaving but excited about the future – getting married and starting a new job in Lincolnshire. Through the time […]

Reflections on the London riots

Cathy Corcoran – CEO   On Tuesday 9thAugust, the riots took on a personal note for me.  Although I live less than two miles from the furniture shop which was set alight the night before in Croydon, it was the TV coverage that alerted me, not sight of the flames. On the Tuesday I was doing some last minute shopping […]

South African Minister Visits Cardinal Hume Centre

The South African Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini toured the Cardinal Hume Centre today  (Friday, September 9th) to find out about the challenges facing people in the UK who are homeless or living in poverty. Ms. Bathabile was particularly interested in the work the Centre does with the 32 young homeless people who live in its hostel accommodation.  She acknowledged […]

They think it’s all over.

  Brian Beaton – Coach As the homeless world cup draws to a close I wanted to share the Cardinal Hume’s Centre recent football exploits. Through the time I have worked at the Centre I have been impressed with the football skills of a lot of our clients. These clients came from England and all around the world.  I have […]

Not always as easy as A,B,C

Yusuf Patel, Adult Learning and Development Officer. Do you take your ability to read and write for granted? There are many people  that do not have these basic skills and struggle with tasks that are second nature to us.  Over the past year I have been working with a man that exemplifies this situation.  When Peter describes his inability to […]

A Mentor’s Tale

Jo Goggin – Volunteer Mentor In July 2010, after an excellent and thought provoking training session I was introduced to Sonia who was keen to develop her oral and written English skills. Sonia was particularly anxious to improve her ability to understand, complete and successful pass the required exams to become a beautician. Although fully qualified in her native Bolivia, […]

Twenty people get on their bikes for the Centre

The Cardinal Hume Centre held its first ever sponsored bike ride on Friday 21st September. The aim was to raise £10,000 towards the cost of building five new flats for homeless young people at the Centre. Twenty bleary eyed cyclists arrived at the Cardinal Hume Centre on Friday morning, for a much needed breakfast, before braving the 85 mile route to […]

Launching our 25th Anniversary

Cathy Corcoran – CEO I think the world is divided into two very distinct types of people.  Those who enjoy their own party and those like me , who don’t;  but I would like to go back and enjoy the three very different parties we have just had to launch our 25th Anniversary. Perhaps parties is the wrong word  – […]

25 ways to celebrate our 25th

Sandra Deeble – Community Fundraiser. I work with all sorts of amazing people who raise money for the Centre doing a range of activities. To help celebrate our 25th Anniversary I wanted to put together a list of my favourite 25 fundraising ideas, but I need some help to finish it off. 1. Join the Big Cheese Celebration. This year […]

25th Anniversary Launch

The Cardinal Hume Centre has launched its 25th Anniversary year on the 12th Anniversary of Cardinal Basil Hume’s death.  It was marked by a Mass celebrated by the Centre’s Patron, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, and attended by nine members of the Hume family. The Centre was set up in 1986 by Cardinal Hume in response to seeing young homeless people sleeping […]

Big Cheese Celebration

Celebrity chef Fergus Henderson is backing the Big Cheese Celebration one of the events being held to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Cardinal Hume Centre. The idea is for groups, schools, parishes and individuals to hold cheese and wine parties to raise money for the Centre which was founded by Cardinal Basil Hume. The money will help the Centre […]

Doctor with a difference

Earlier this year Joanna Moorhead visited the Dr Hickey Surgery here at the Centre. Her article in Faith Today is reprinted here in full: Doctor Mary Hickey runs a busy general practice in central London – but, she tells Joanna Moorhead, she can only do the demanding work she does because she has another vocation – as a nun.It’s a […]

Entsar’s story

Entsar came to the Centre when her whole life was falling apart.  She was in despair as she was in a strange country, couldn’t speak the language and was coping on her own in a very cramped flat with two small children. Entsar came to the UK from Kuwait to join her husband who was working in London. She became […]