centre Celebrities Kitty and Westminster at the Centre Lillie Choir School Page 6 Page 7 Page 6 THE Spring Newsletter 2009 Bargains Galore Staff and clients enjoying Christmas Day Crisis came at Christmas Christmas is a particularly hard time for anyone who is homeless, Ted Neville and Christine Keily February 13th saw the 22nd anniversary of the Centre’s Charity Shop, which specialises in clothes, crockery, books, who lives alone or who is estranged from their families. Every year, and music, and has provided the the Centre makes sure that all its clients have the opportunity to community of Westminster and beyond with bargains galore since the Centre celebrate and enjoy this special time. In the run-up to Christmas, first started operating. we always have parties across the Centre, and on the day itself the Ted Neville (84), the volunteer manager for over residents of our two Hostels have the opportunity to eat a festive 15 years along with Christine Keily (80), who meal together, if they wish to. started working the day the shop opened, have This Christmas, however, the Centre was As one young resident said: “I don’t have seen many treasures come through the doors. able to open all its doors throughout the a family and I usually spend Christmas Day They take particular delight in watching people period, thanks to a new partnership with like any other so this is pretty special for find a bargain as well, of course, as making sure Crisis. Alongside our own staff, volunteers me.” We welcomed several new clients those people with little spare cash get the things and logistical support from ‘Crisis at alongside existing ones who would they need. Christmas’ enabled us to offer access to our otherwise have nowhere to go. If you are planning a spring clear out, please normal services in addition to providing Everyone who called in received presents keep the shop in mind for those books, knick- festive food, games and activities. Music as well as toiletries and items of clothing, knacks, clothes and just about anything else. All workshops and magic circle sessions were which had been donated, either directly to monies go directly to supporting the Centre’s provided by skilled volunteers from Crisis. the Centre, or through Crisis. We intend to work and last year the shop raised a magnificent Christmas morning itself started off with make this the first year of many when we £25,000. For more information please contact breakfast for early arrivals, working up to a open our doors wide at the time of year Jennifer Mosley on 020 7222 1602 or email turkey dinner with all the trimmings. when people need us most. firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 020 7222 1602 email: email@example.com The Centre Spring Newsletter 2009 www.cardinalhumecentre.org.uk Chief ‘Super Saturday’ executive’s Just before the big Letter freeze hit London in February, the Centre opened its doors to Just before Christmas, the Tablet asked me if forty new members of I would take part in a public meeting about the Junior League of young people today, their concerns and the London. The JLL are a challenges facing them. In the weeks leading up to the event, I realised that I wasn’t as women’s volunteering equipped as I might be to contribute to the organisation, who debate. So I checked if any of the young are mostly ex-pat people in the Centre would be willing to tell Americans, who me their story and talk about their hopes and want to serve in the fears. Paul came down from the Hostel to talk Junior League London community through to me and it was one of the most educative hours I have had since I came to the Centre volunteering and fundraising. Their vision: ‘eliminating poverty and its effects over six years ago. in London’ is perfectly aligned with that of the Centre. A 19-year-old, born and bred in West The JLL work closely with a number of Centre to have a makeover. It might not have London, Paul is determined to get a job in the community organisations in London and identify been Changing Rooms but the most important music industry: and every day he is out and ways in which the volunteers, averaging 400 at consumers in this case - the children -, will about in the West End, wearing his suit and any one time, can dedicate both time and skills certainly appreciate the end result! brandishing his CV. to improve other people’s lives. The volunteers got to work with stencils, paints It wasn’t always like that though: Paul took up The JLL have been supporting the Centre for and a big helping of all-American energy and drugs when he was ten – for fun he said. By some years now, with a range of projects enthusiasm, not forgetting impressive creativity. the age of 17, he was dealing and had all the including the ever popular ‘Holiday Hampers’, During the day they worked on each part of the material trappings that brought including a which are delivered to many of the Centre Family Centre, painting murals and pictures, new Audi. He knew all the gangs and they clients and their families every Christmas. most of which were placed at child height, knew him. The League’s ‘Super Saturday’ event is an including Thomas the Tank Engine which all felt opportunity for new members to get to know would go down particularly well. He had tried to get out of the downward spiral when he was 16 when he pleaded with each other and the organisation – and to get The Centre greatly values the relationship with his local housing services to help him get out, involved in a community project straight away. the Junior League and is especially grateful to all They always aim to have the project ‘done in a the ‘Super Volunteers’ for giving up their to find him somewhere safe to go as he knew day’ and this time it was the turn of the Family Saturday in such a good cause. he would probably end up being killed if he didn’t escape the gang culture. They sent him back home and referred him for counselling. The Debt Burden One day his Mother looked at him and said “I don’t know you any more: what have you become?” That night he left home, and for the next year he slept rough, moving from place to place to avoid his history catching Even before the recession bites, many clients accessing the Centre are up with him. He then came to the Cardinal struggling with debt, and whether it is rent arrears, utilities bills, credit Hume Centre, where he says he feels safe, card debts or bank loans, we want to be able to help them access high and for the first time in his life he feels he quality, advice and support. We have therefore linked up with Capitalise is Paul, and not a label or a stereotype. who will be running weekly debt advice sessions at the Centre giving Just after the Tablet event in November, a clients the opportunity to have one-to-one appointments with BBC1crew was filming in the Hostel and Paul a debt advisor. became one of the stars of the programme. Although, at the time of going to press, we Capitalise is London’s free debt service. It is have a more holistic approach, and still don’t know the broadcast date, we would a partnership involving a number of agencies understanding of clients’ past difficulties. love to have your email address, so we can get including Citizens Advice, independent The service is funded by the BERR (formerly in touch with you at short notice to confirm advice agencies and law centres. Broadway, the Department for Trade and Industry). the date so that you can hear Paul’s powerful a leading homelessness charity, has been given the remit to coordinate this service. We are actively seeking to establish other story for yourself. Please do contact me on partnerships to widen this service to five days firstname.lastname@example.org Capitalise has a unique approach which a week. If you know of anyone who would allows them to offer a slightly different be interested in helping us, please contact environment to ordinary money advice Hilary Nightingale on 020 7222 1602. services. They spend longer with clients, PAGe 2 Tel: 020 7222 1602 email: email@example.com casestudy... Darren Ord Darren Ord moved down to London from Liverpool to help overcome his addiction to Class A drugs. Every day this battle continues, but Darren is now drug and alcohol free after staying in the Centre’s Horseferry Road Hostel for people who are homeless and in recovery from substance misuse. Whilst he was at the Centre, Darren took ‘Safeguarding Children’ and ‘Drug part in a camping trip to Worth Abbey in Awareness’ courses and he is hoping to start East Sussex, where he helped to renovate a ‘Health and Social Care’ course to become the Bermondsey huts. The huts had earlier a Hostel Support Worker. In this work, provided a holiday home for children from he is looking forward to working with and low-income families in London’s East End mentoring parents dealing with addiction but had long since fallen into disrepair. In issues, tapping into his own experience. October 2008 Darren was approached by Darren’s twenty-year addiction to drugs the Centre’s Wellbeing Team to help destroyed his self-confidence as well as coordinate the 2009 camping trip and ever alienating him from his family and friends. since he has been busy helping raising funds Through his volunteering work he has and planning the activities for the 4-day visit. regained his confidence and now has joy in Darren will be accompanying the young the knowledge that he is giving something clients from the Centre and from other back to the community. Through the Westminster-based services, helping to Centre’s help and through his own motivate and engage them. determination and courage, Darren is back With the Centre’s support, Darren has just on his feet and making steps towards a full completed his ‘Introduction to Counselling’, and rewarding life. Get Active Get Rowing A View from a Volunteer Joelle Rosen-Buett is a 21-year- old from Connecticut who arrived at the Centre on the 3rd January 2009. Joelle is part of the London Intern Programme, which provides placement for students from overseas to gain work experience whilst studying in the UK. She is attending Birkbeck College where she is studying Mark and Freddy working up a sweat Young rowers receiving certificates Art, Theatre and Sociology. Mark Stipanovsky, a fully qualified rowing coach and a member of the Joelle is spending time across the Centre Centre’s Wellbeing Team, has launched ‘Get Active in Westminster’ across gaining knowledge of the day to day running of each service. “I have particularly the Centre to get clients interested in leading a healthier lifestyle. enjoyed working with the children as they The first taster session ran for a week in April when clients, and staff, will take part in a are so sweet and friendly. The Centre has February and consisted of giving advice and row-a-thon with the eventual aim of getting opened my eyes to the difficulties that guidance on how to use a rowing machine everyone into the water. We are very grateful people face trying to get homes in the correctly and demonstrating the benefits of this indeed to Waterrower for their donation of capital.” Joelle is here until April 18th and type of exercise. Mark hopes that this will be two premium machines. will return to the US to complete a Masters the start of a much bigger project planned for so that she can become a teacher in an elementary school. “I have found the work here so interesting If you would like to sponsor a client or a staff member and the staff and clients very friendly.” then please visit our website for further details. We would love to hear from you! PAGe 3 The Centre Spring Newsletter 2009 www.cardinalhumecentre.org.uk Christmas in the Family Services This year the Family Services Christmas party was better than ever. Santa arrived with one of his trusted elves to give out lots of wonderful presents. We hope none of the children are reading this Newsletter as we would like to thank staff members, Mark Stipanovsky, for being Santa, and Ines Kabula who was his elf. After eating mountains of food, parents were encouraged to join in the dancing and games with their children to burn off the extra calories. We would like to thank Our Lady Help of Christians, Rickmansworth, and the Westminster Cathedral Choir School who donated many of the gifts, and the Junior League of London who provided hampers filled with food, toiletries and toys for every family and we are also extremely grateful for the regular monthly donations of food from St Augustine’s Church in High Wycombe. In addition to our own party, 100 children from the Family Services were invited to a Christmas party organised by the London Scottish Regiment on Horseferry Road where everyone had a great time, especially as their older brothers and sisters were also able to attend. Seysha-Rae receives her gift from Santa Santa and his helpful Elf Some of our staff meeting Santa PAGe 4 Tel: 020 7222 1602 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fundraising Fun! Charity Flowers Need to order flowers online? Want to raise money for the Centre? Visit www.charityflowers.co.uk or phone 08705 300 600 and quote CARH. Quoting this source code ensures we receive 15% of the cost of your order. So whether it’s Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, Happy Christmas, Happy Easter, Congratulations, a present for Mother’s Day or just to show you care, please place your order with Charity Flowers Direct. Each One Counts The Centre has teamed up with Each One Counts, a company specialising in working with charities, to raise as much as £3.00 an item for recycled mobile phones and ink cartridges. To participate you can either log onto http://www.eachonecounts.co.uk/myaccount/ order-bags.htm to open an account and order some recycling bags or you can send your phones and ink cartridges to: The Recycling Appeal, the Cardinal Hume Centre and we can send them off to be recycled. Mission Fish This registered charity has developed an initiative called eBay for Charity, a unique programme that helps charities raise money on eBay or through eBay for Charity which raises £11,000 each day!! Help raise money for the Centre by eBaying your goods and thereby donating 10%-100% of the profit. How to eBay on behalf of the Centre: To register as a Community Seller in the UK, please follow these steps: Go to the website www.ebay.com 1. Go to the Sell hub and be sure to select ‘Advanced Sell’ 2. Once you get to the ‘Choose how you’d like to sell your item’ section, you will see the option ‘Donate a percentage of sale’ 3. Select a charity to support and the percentage (10%-100%) of your final selling price that you’d like to donate Blaze Fire Walking Ines Joued in her party dress Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk over 20 feet of wood embers burning at 1236 degrees Fahrenheit? Well take the impeccably safe Blaze Walk Challenge and find out. Click onto this link http://www.blazefirewalking.com/fundraising.htm or phone 0115 960 8208 and organise a fundraising fire walk on behalf of the Centre. Other ideas and ways to support the Cardinal Hume Centre Hold a spring party or bbq; have a spring clean out and a jumble sale and donate the money to the Centre; have a themed dress-up day at work or partake in a sponsored event. Charity of the year: If you are a school, a church, a company or a family why not make the Centre your charity of the year? Leave a legacy in your will: please contact the Centre for our user-friendly Will making guide. Disco Dancing We would love to hear from you! PAGe 5 The Centre Spring Newsletter 2009 www.cardinalhumecentre.org.uk Celebrity visits with BBC Children In Need and Comic Relief Last November saw two celebrity visits to the Centre organised through BBC Children In Need and Comic Relief. BBC Children In Need have supported the work of the Family Services since 2005. As part of the build up to their annual televised appeal on 14th November, they approached us to see whether former Atomic Kitten and winner of Celebrity Masterchef 2008, Liz McClarnon, could spend a morning with the parents and children in the Family Centre. Liz had a fantastic time playing with the children and being painted all the colours of the rainbow with special (and easily removable) foam paint. She was also able to listen to the stories their parents told her, which gave her an insight into their lives in often inadequate and overcrowded conditions. In fact Liz was so touched she made sure we received a huge box of toys from Hamleys a couple of days later. The children were absolutely delighted with their new fairy dresses and joined together to paint a very special thank you card to Liz. Just afterwards, we were contacted by Comic Relief to see whether Rod Stewart’s daughter, Kimberley, could visit as Liz McClarnon and Evie Fleming she had expressed an interested in seeing some of the work for herself. Comic Relief have been involved in the Centre since 1993 and this year’s grant is earmarked to the work of the Gateway in assessing client need. Westminster Cathedral Choir School Kimberley spent the morning talking to staff and raised £7,500 for the Centre. And in the week clients about the different services we offer on running up to Christmas, boxes and bags full our one site. Afterwards, she was able to join in of gifts were delivered to the Centre to spread circle time in the Family Services, telling stories the cheer even further. and singing rhymes, before being asked to pose with some of the staff in their red noses. In January, we invited the boys to the Centre Kimberley asked if she could come back for to see what their support is helping to achieve. another visit a few weeks later, which she did, We welcomed 2 elected representatives from helping some of the families to make their own each class who together form the School Christmas cards and decorations. Council, together with Rob O’Brien, Head of Westminster Choir School Religious Studies, and Nicola Marchant and We are really grateful to BBC Children In Need Gabrielle Speaight, the two parents who and Comic Relief for their support and recognise On the last day of term before Christmas, the helped forge the relationship with the Centre. how important it is to help celebrities like Liz Choir School enjoyed a traditional Christmas At Assembly the next morning with the whole and Kimberley to see for themselves both what party welcoming not just as many parents as school present, the boys described their visit the needs are, and how even the toughest possible, but also staff from the Centre, which to the Centre: situations can be turned around with their help. is the School’s charity of choice. After the carols and the food, there was an auction of “I think everyone should try to visit the Centre promises where parents were asked to bid for because the experience has shown me that a range of donated prizes and some brave in London, no-one is ever completely alone. “promises” from school staff. The Auctioneer, The Centre gives hope to people who have deputy headmaster John Floyd, ran run away from home. So people get a second proceedings brilliantly and inspired parents chance. The Centre gives a big push in the to dig deep for the various lots including the right direction.” opportunity for one lucky boy to be Head We are deeply grateful to everyone at the Master for a day. With added incentives such School, including the parents, for their as a week’s ski holiday, weekends away generosity and continued support of our work and various pampering prizes, the auction here at the Centre. Sue Endean and Kimberley Stewart PAGe 6 Tel: 020 7222 1602 email: email@example.com Kitty and Lillie make a mint Kitty (9) and Lillie (11) Toon raised over £500 for the Centre by asking their friends and family to make a donation rather than give them a gift at their recent joint birthday party. The girls first heard of the Centre from their father Nick who regularly runs in the London 10K on our behalf. “We were inviting a lot of people to our disco and it seemed silly to ask for presents.” ”Our school has raised funds for the Centre previously and Mum and Dad suggested we gave the money to a charity we knew so the natural choice was the Cardinal Hume Centre.” The party was in the school hall where we had a DJ, hotdogs, crisps and a chocolate fountain. We invited our classmates and also our friends from Donhead Lodge school. Kitty and Lillie Toon The invitation told guests that presents were welcome but we’d love it if you could donate to raise money for a charity but it made us feel encouraged a lot more people in our classes our charity, the Cardinal Hume Centre. To the proud and gave us a warm sensation that we to do the same for the Centre.” shock of the Toon family they received much had helped.” The girls both attend the Ursuline Kitty agrees and says “We were both very happy more money than expected. “Our friends were Prep School, Wimbledon. Lillie says “We’d love that we had a great time and could help others amazed that we had given up our presents to to do more fundraising and hope that we’ve. in the process.” Well done to the Toon family. casestudy... Gazmen’s Story Gazmen Duraku-Hodie,18, originally from Kosovo, came to England to live with his father; unfortunately he was taken into care at the age of 6. He came to the Centre when he was 17 to start to live semi-independently. Gazmen had the opportunity to travel to the Gambia with Westminster Social Services to take part in an ‘identify programme’ which allowed the young people from both countries to show the other what made them who they are. Gazmen believes this trip has changed his life. “We were working with people aged between 18 and 19 who gave us a presentation about their lives. This showed us everything that was important to them in their lives. The contrast to ours was amazing. There were no rap or football stars, no designers clothes or gangs.” Gazmen was in awe of their commitment to their families, Gazmen Duraku-Hodic their schoolwork and the respect they have support of the staff here at the Centre that I can be a London black cab driver but for everyone. It has made him look at his Gazmen is working towards changing his my ultimate goal is to have my own chauffeur own life and want to make changes. “ I wish future. “I want to do the Knowledge soon so company when I’m more experienced.” I had worked harder at school now, I can see the importance of it and how it can make a “There were no rap or football stars, no designers clothes or gangs” big difference to my life.” With the help and We would love to hear from you! PAGe 7 The Centre Spring Newsletter 2009 www.cardinalhumecentre.org.uk The London 10K Run A Big Thank You Fancy getting fit? goes to... Want to raise money for the Centre? Why not combine the two. The Ninth Annual British 10K London Run will once again take place through the heart of central London in summer 2009. The race starts outside the Hard Rock Café in Piccadilly. The route will take runners past London’s world famous historic and iconic landmarks. Taking part will be Olympic athletes and celebrities from stage and screen, as well as tens of thousands of recreational runners, who will raise over a million pounds for the participating charities. For the fourth year running the Centre has 30 places in the prestigious race The school council at St Johns Primary School and would like to build on the success of last year’s fantastic effort. If you would like St Johns Catholic Primary School, Rickmansworth for raising £350 from their parents and friends to be part of the day please contact at the end of the nativity play by Key Stage 1 (4-7 year olds). Many thanks to all concerned. Jennifer on jennifermosley@ cardinalhumecentre.org.uk Or call 020 7222 1602 for more information and your entry form. The London 10K Run Pupils at St Francis Xavier School preparing boxes Another huge thank you goes to St Francis Xavier Sixth Form College, London, who delivered emergency over 30 boxes full of food and toiletries, which were shared out between the families, young people and refugees who come to the Centre. The efforts made by the young people to collect Housing Packs up such a vast amount of goods were greatly appreciated by everyone who received the gifts. you! Can you help us? In the big February To Cynphia Goodwin from Bromley who hank freeze, we were able to welcome and regularly donates clothes for the adults help some rough sleepers who had and children who use the family service. T nothing to protect themselves from such extreme weather. Would you be To Margaret Legg and her colleagues who willing to contribute to putting together work at Buckingham Palace who generously an emergency housing pack? £100 will donate toiletries on a regular basis. buy a pack of a new sleeping bag, canned soups and warm new clothes for rough sleepers. PAGe 2 Help us ensure even more homeless young people find their future I would like to make a Regular Donation Amount £ Frequency Monthly / Quarterly / Annually (please circle) Start Date Instruction to your bank or building society to pay by Direct Debit Originators Identification Bank Details Number: 556833 Name of Bank Name of Acc Holder Sort Code Account Number Name and full postal address of your bank/building society branch To The Manager bank/building society Address Postcode Customer Ref No.* 0 0 Please pay the Cardinal Hume Centre debits from the account detailed in this instruction subject to the safeguards assured by the Direct Debit Guarantee. 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