Cardinal Hume Centre

Westminster family and community

Our project will address the disadvantages that children face due to poverty and insecure housing, to make sure they get the childhood experience they deserve. Daily activities at our family centre will provide fun new experiences and help them with their education, while also supporting parents.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1090836)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£100,000

Amount raised

£115,153

Donations

96

Championed by The Childhood Trust

    Category

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)

Location

United Kingdom

  • Without the help of the Centre, my children and I would have been homeless. I have been in London for 19 years, and no one has helped me as much as the Cardinal Hume Centre.

    — Parent

  • You’ve helped us with lots of things. Housing problems, foodbank, Holiday club for my children, support to fill out a Disability Living Allowance form, and referring me to a service that will provide legal representation. I don’t know how I would have managed without the help of the Centre.

    — Parent

  • The Centre has made things better for me and my family. Thanks to the Centre, we have been given hope.

    — Parent

Situation

There are hundreds of families living in the South Westminster community who struggle day to day because of low income, unsuitable housing and the constant threat of relocation and homelessness. 40% of children are living in poverty according to the most recent review, and in the areas in the south it is even higher. Poverty in early childhood can affect development, meaning a tougher life for children growing up, with fewer opportunities compared to their peers, and shorter life expectancy.

Solution

In our family centre, qualified staff and trained volunteers will provide daily activities for the whole family, aimed at those on low incomes and facing other disadvantages, such as living in refuges. The sessions will address the main developmental disadvantages caused by poverty, for 100 families a year: - Homework club to support primary school learning - Fun engaging learning on a wide range of topics - Trips to museums & city farms - Arts, crafts, exercise and community activities