Cardinal Hume Centre

Building Family Resilience

We work with children and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. We use early intervention, crisis prevention and long term in-depth advocacy to secure good housing, improve education attainment, and improve financial stability and strengthen resilience and wellbeing.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 14 June 2022 to 12:20 PM, 28 June 2022

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1090836)

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Championed by The Childhood Trust


  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Infants (<2)Infants (<2)
  • Minority GroupsMinority Groups


United Kingdom


The rise in cost of living is set to escalate poverty and homelessness risk in Westminster and we anticipate more children needing our support. In 2019, 46% of children were living in poverty in Westminster after housing costs. Private rental homes are largely unaffordable for people on low incomes, and social housing is scarce. Hundreds of refugee families are housed in crowded hotels and parents report that their children have fallen behind in developmental milestones due to the pandemic.


We will continue to increase support and capacity in our family centre space for vulnerable families as we recruit staff and volunteers. After-school/ homework clubs will start again and weekend and holiday programmes will return to encourage family bonding and provide new experiences. Wraparound service for critical housing, immigration, employment and income advice will continue and food vouchers will be available. This means more families finding the means to overcome poverty.

  • “When I came to the Centre, in March 2020, I had little hope. I thought I was alone.”

    — Kayleigh, single mum

  • ''The Centre has meant everything to my family. It meant the chance to meet and talk to other parents and practice my English. My children met other children, we made friends. Coming to the Centre has also meant that we have felt safe and less isolated during the pandemic.''

    — Khaltom, mother of 3

  • ''I want to thank everyone who helped for the past year I’m a single mum and have been coming to Cardinal Hume for over a year now I can’t be happier with the help and support from everybody''

    — Single mother

  • ''I like this Centre because there are many things to do and I love cooking and crafts. The Centre makes you feel fit and healthy because of the activities. I love it. Today was the best day.''

    — Child, 12