Safia’s Story

What strikes you most when speaking with Safia is the sense of duty she felt towards her family, and the heavy burden that placed upon her shoulders. She was supporting six grown-up children, four of whom were living with her, working day and night shifts for the NHS, and was struggling to keep her head above water following the loss […]


Post-Brexit, Sea Sickness and the Golden Thread

William Beveridge, who was fundamental to the founding of the welfare state in 1942, described charity as ‘like a golden thread through the living tapestry of our national story’. The tapestry is somewhat tattered today in the aftermath of the vote to leave the European Union


‘Who is Your Shakespeare?’

For many people who come to the Cardinal Hume Centre to learn English improving their ability to understand and speak the language is a vital step to securing better jobs and integrating into their communities. However, the learning team at the Centre believes that gaining new skills should be about more than just practical necessity. And so, throughout the year, […]


Mayor of London backs CEO Sleepout

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan today (21 June 2016) voiced his support for a charity sleep–out at Lord’s that will raise money for three homelessness charities. CEO Sleepout London 2016, which will take place on 31 October at the world-famous cricket ground, will raise funds for Depaul UK, the Cardinal Hume Centre and YMCA North London. The event is […]


Cardinal Hume Centre marks the start of its thirtieth year

Thirty years may seem a mere blip in the great scheme of things but thinking about the number of people who have come through our doors at the Cardinal Hume Centre over those years, it’s time beyond measure.  Because the Centre has changed so much, adapting to emerging need, we can’t give you the cumulative statistics. What we can do, […]


From volunteer to priest

During National Volunteers’ Week, one of the Centre’s volunteers, Ross, will become a priest of the Diocese of Portsmouth. Here Ross shares why he decided to volunteer with the Centre as part of his training to become a priest and what it was like to work with young people wanting to turn their lives around. As part of our formation […]


Your Catholic Legacy Thanksgiving Mass

Archbishop Peter Smith and Your Catholic Legacy invite you to a thanksgiving Mass and lunchtime reception celebrating the work of Catholic charities and see the difference they make. We will be joined by inspirational guest speakers Barry and Margaret Mizen on 11th June from 12.30  – 3.30pm at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, Lambeth Road, London, SE1 7HY.  Please click here to […]


Ruth Barnett – Kindertransport

On November 9th, 1938, ‘Kristallnacht’ or ‘Night of the Broken Glass’ brought the Nazis’ actions to the attention of the rest of the world. It was after this blatant display of violence and hatred that the English government organised for children from Germany and Austria to be sent over (without their parents) to England. Ten thousand Jewish children were sent on […]


Veronica’s Story

“When I was 16 I knew that I had to take my life into my own hands, and I moved to London on my own. My parents had too many problems to help me so I needed to become independent. I had been living with my mother and stepfather in Rome for nearly 10 years. During that time I was […]


Khaltom’s Story

“When I first came to the Centre I could only say hello. Now I can have conversations with people.” Khaltom moved to the UK in 2009 along with her husband and their nine year old daughter. They had left behind their lives in Iraq to seek a safer life for their daughter. “My country is very beautiful, but it has […]


Muhammad’s Story

At the Cardinal Hume Centre we aim to work with the most vulnerable people in our community. The ultimate goal for all the work that we do is about helping individuals to build up their resilience so that they can lead fully independent lives. Jeanita, in our employment team, is currently working with Muhammad, who has been out of work […]


Leila’s Story – International Women’s Day

Last week, I met Leila*, a young woman living in our hostel. The reason for our meeting was to hear about her experience of re-settling in the UK from Syria and to ask her about the services she has engaged with since becoming a client at Cardinal Hume Centre. I’d been told that she had suffered great trauma before coming […]


Abayomi’s Story

Abayomi is fiercely protective of her daughter and is determined that she will have a better life; one free from fear and filled with opportunity. Abayomi first came to the Centre after Kids Company closed down. She had received invaluable care and support from the staff there and they made sure that she would be left in safe hands by […]


World Book Day

This morning my children left for school dressed as Dennis the Menace, Greg Heffley (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) and Delia Gates (Tom Gates). This was not a brazen flouting of school uniform but a response to World Book Day. World Book Day is an initiative to mark a worldwide celebration of reading designed to promote reading to children. Although the focus is […]