Not Only Giving Back

  Vida Simpeh Volunteer I have been volunteering at the Centre for just over 6 weeks and I must say so far so good. Volunteering is something I have been doing since the age of 15. I started volunteering with the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme at my school. At first it was only because my friends were doing it too […]


Thank you J.H Kenyon

Local Funeral Directors,  J. H Kenyon came to visit the Centre this afternoon and delivered a £500 donation. A big thank you to the manger of J.H Kenyon, Philip Smyth, and all their employees. Philip read about the Centre is his local parish newsletter and chose the Centre as the charity which J.H Kenyon would donate the money they had […]


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 […]


Citizens Advice comes to the Centre

The Westminster Citizens Advice Bureau is setting up a weekly satellite service at the Cardinal Hume Centre.  Residents in South Westminster will be able to get all the advice and guidance they need from advice bureau staff at the Centre just off Horseferry Road from Wednesday (April 18). We are delighted to be able to extend our own services by […]


Holy Apostles Pimlico raises £5,000 for the Centre

A gala fundraiser for the Cardinal Hume Centre took place at Holy Apostles parish hall in Pimlico, central London, on Saturday evening, with a wine tasting, an auction and a concert of classical songs and arias, sung by MP Sarah Teather and Canon Pat Browne accompanied by pianist Richard Black. The short wine tasting was led by Margaret Harvey, Master […]


Centre Parents Tackle Housing Issues

A group of parents from the Cardinal Hume Centre put the spotlight on the lack of adequate housing, the difficulties they face in bidding for better homes and the long wait they face for permanent homes in Westminster at a public meeting on Tuesday (March 20). Local MP Karen Buck, Westminster council housing officials and housing providers were all at […]


Our doors are open

  Cathy Corcoran – CEO Last Sunday I was working in our young people’s hostel when the buzzer at the street entrance went and in came a well dressed older woman.  She said she was staying in the hostel opposite and had noticed that Pret a Manger often delivered free sandwiches. She hoped we didn’t mind, and asked if it was […]


Thank you Saint Christina’s

The children at Saint Christina’s School in St John’s Wood, London, really understand what makes a difference when someone is going for a job interview. At an assembly this week, they told the Cardinal Hume Centre Community Fundraiser Sandra Deeble that ‘a nice smile and looking someone in the eye’ can help you in an interview situation. They also cited smart clothes […]


St Dominic’s raises £1,000 for the Centre

A group of students from St Dominic’s Sixth Form College in Harrow, were inspired to raise money for the Centre after visiting last year. After meeting some of the young people who call the Centre their home, Action 4 Change decided to raise money for the Centre by doing a sponsored sleepout. The result has been amazing with over £1,000 […]


2011 Review

2011 Review –  Martha Clarke, Director of Communications   The end of the year often a time for reflection and taking stock and for me part of that means looking back at my first year at the Cardinal Hume Centre. ….so that’s just what I’ve done. When I started out training as a journalist I never imagined I would end […]


Darryl’s story

A year ago Darryl  was recovering from drug and alcohol abuse after living on the streets. Today he is the proud father of a beautiful three-month-old baby and has a job he loves at a luxury hotel in London’s West End. He came to the Centre from a rehabilitation programme determined to change his life forever and with the help […]


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 […]