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Cardinal Hume Centre

For more than 30 years, the Cardinal Hume Centre has helped people overcome poverty and the threat of homelessness. We work with individuals and families of all ages, from all backgrounds. We are supported by more than 100 regular volunteers who work in different roles across the Centre and play an integral part in all that we do. We are based in the heart of Westminster – a vibrant London borough which also has areas of extreme poverty, an acute shortage of housing, and the highest number of rough sleepers and hidden homelessness in the UK. Our staff and volunteers work in six key areas: advice and assessment; family and young people’s services; housing and welfare rights advice and advocacy; learning and employment services; immigration advice and representation; and residential services for homeless young people.

Recruiting Now! Autumn Term, starting 17th September!

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3.30 - 5.30pm, we welcome a group of primary school children for ‘after school club’ to our Family Centre in Pimlico. Children are mostly from refugee and migrant families.

Volunteers encourage and join in on the activities, including; arts and crafts, cooking, indoor/outdoor games. The club encourages and develops children’s social and independent skills.

“I have never felt so appreciated in any of my volunteering roles as I have at the Cardinal Hume Centre. I congratulate everyone on the welcome and support given to volunteers” – Monika, Centre Volunteer

Role Aim: 

The club is part of our delivery of child and family support services, in order that low income and vulnerable families have improved access to services, employment opportunities and life chances.


• Welcome the children on arrival.

• Encourage/participate in their chosen activity and have fun!

• Help with setting up and clearing away.

• If interested, work with the team in planning and delivering the learning activities of the children and families or suggest an activity you would like to lead on.

Skills needed: 

• You are friendly, enthusiastic and enjoy interacting with primary aged children.

• You have an interest in helping them learn and develop.

• You are reliable.

• You have good spoken English – at least Entry Level 3.

• You work well in a team.


We ask volunteers to do an online 20 minute Child Safeguarding Course and another on Fire Safety. This is with the Charity Learning Commission. They also have access to a wide range of other topics. They also meet with a Volunteer Coordinator for an Induction

In the Family Centre at the Cardinal Hume Centre
Time commitment: 
1-3 hours per week
Opening times: 
The club runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays 3.30 – 5.30pm. We would like volunteers to arrive a bit before and stay a bit after for a de-brief.
Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here