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 […]

Be Online Week 2016

Do you want to improve your computer skills? From how to use a computer and create an email account to learning how to use a spreadsheet to help you budget, and even how to search for jobs online, the Centre has workshops to help. Be Online Week 2016 runs from 15-28 February.

Etcetera – ‘Beethoven Mass in C’ Concert

Beethoven’s Mass in C. Regarded by many as an underrated masterpiece, this delightful mass was not appreciated by its commissioner Prince Nikolaus Esterházy II in 1807 – causing Beethoven to storm out in a rage – and perhaps even now it is not heard as often as it deserves. Come along to St John’s Smith Square for Etcetera’s lunchtime concert […]

Remona and Johnson’s Story

Remona and Johnson are from Tamil Nadu in India. They have lived in the UK for over seven years and all three of their children have been born here since they emigrated. Johnson used to be a merchant seaman for the Indian navy and is highly educated. He had moved to the UK with Remona to study and was working […]

2016 Prayer Calendar

If you would like one of Your Catholic Legacy‘s 2016 Prayer calendars please contact the Centre

Thank you – Christmas 2015

  Watch our video  to see all of the amazing things you helped us do this Christmas. Thanks you for helping us make Christmas brighter for so many people.

The Centre at Christmas

If you saw my office at the moment you’d think it was Santa’s grotto: full of presents from our individual and corporate donors to the people who come to the Centre for help.  And this week even more presents and food are coming.  What’s not to like about that in the midst of a very troubled world? There are three […]

Visit to the House of Lords

Lord Hylton, one of the Centre’s long-time supporters, invited a group of clients to join him at the House of Lords for a tour and afternoon tea. Margaret Judge, one of the group, wrote this piece about the visit. When I was told I had been invited to the House of Lords I felt nervous.  I had never been there […]

CEO Sleepout 2015

6am this morning (13 October) heralded the alarm call for the largest CEO Sleepout event ever held with 100 business leaders taking part to raise money for the homeless. It was the first time the Kia Oval cricket ground had allowed a large overnight sleep-over to take place in its grounds. For the charity event, 100 CEOs and senior managers […]