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 […]
St. James Theatre and Cardinal Hume Centre are delighted to announce that an incredible £18,667.66 has been raised during the sell-out five week run of The Pianist of Willesden Lane, which ran at the St. James Theatre from 20 January – 27 February 2016.
ESOL students from the Cardinal Hume Centre were recently chosen to work with three academics from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the School of Advanced Study on a special project.
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.
On Thursday I was delighted to be invited to St James Theatre, Victoria, to see their current show – The Pianist of Willesden Lane. Mona Golabek stars in this staggeringly emotional and moving play which documents the true story of her mother Lisa Jura’s journey from Vienna in 1938 on the Kindertransport and her subsequent […]
Sara, who hails from Eritrea, initially came to the Centre as a client in the IT room. It was when she attended an assessment that she realized in order to pass her Life in the UK test she would benefit from one to one coaching in basic reading. I was assigned to coach Sara in October last and I was […]
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 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 […]
If you would like one of Your Catholic Legacy‘s 2016 Prayer calendars please contact the Centre
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Cardinal Hume Centre is well known as a local refuge for young people escaping a life on the streets. The Centre’s hostel offers them sanctuary and a chance to turn their lives around. But the Centre’s sense of duty does not end there, and with Cardinal Hume’s Benedictine ethos guiding its work a warm welcome is offered to all […]
This summer the Centre’s family services team ran a space-themed holiday activity programme for families living on low incomes. Over 36 families attended, with 90 children getting to enjoy a range of inter-galactic activities, games, trips and film screenings between 27th July and 28th August.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols (Patron of the Centre) and Archbishop Peter Smith, President and Vice President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, have issued a joint statement on the refugee crisis.
Willie got in touch with the Cardinal Hume Centre out of the blue in June, 20 years after receiving help from staff in the Centre’s Hostel. His email was extremely touching, and he has kindly allowed us to share his words with you.
Given the current refugee crisis, there is a temptation to join the fearmongers in calling for iron gates to ‘keep out the masses’. As an organisation which holds the belief that each person is created in the image of God, and is therefore valuable and precious with the right to the fullness of life, what should our response be? Our CEO Cathy Corcoran […]
Dona moved to the UK in January 2013 in order to be close to her son. She and her husband had moved to Greece, from Albania, in search of a better life. But when her husband was forced to return to Albania Dona found herself stranded in Greece. Eager to support her son’s aspirations of becoming an actor, she made […]
“Richard helped me so much. He made me feel strong when I was weak and he understands me. I give all my thanks to him. He told me I’d get my dream job, but I didn’t believe him” Joewell first came to the Centre in 2008. She was unemployed and living in a homeless hostel nearby. She had aspirations of […]