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Friday, December 9, 2016
Cardinal Hume Centre wins national award
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¬†The Cardinal Hume Centre in Westminster has won a major award for its work with volunteers. The Centre has been granted the Investment in Volunteer Award in recognition of its commitment and the high standards of its volunteering programme. Investing in Volunteers is the top award in the UK for all organisations involving volunteers. The Cardinal Hume Centre was assessed against a range of best practice standards and proved to excel in all categories. The Centre only appointed its first Volunteer Coordinator one year ago, so clearly a great deal has been achieved in a relatively short time, as the Centre's Chief Executive, Cathy Corcoran, confirms: "Volunteering needs to be a two way deal if it is to be successful. We are always looking for opportunities where the volunteer can learn and gain real practical experience, both for their benefit and for ours. We believe in making volunteers welcome, in supporting them and in providing suitable training, so that they can work side by side with us in our work as equals. I am delighted that we have secured this Award, which recognises the vital work that volunteers do to help homeless people." The Cardinal Hume Centre was established in 1986 to enable young homeless people to fulfil their potential. The first major project was the establishment of a hostel for young people between the ages of 16 and 21. Since then, the Centre has developed, providing many services on one site working with young people, families and other vulnerable groups with serious housing problems. The Centre believes in working with each person on a one to one basis, respecting that individual's dignity and encouraging personal responsibility and a sense of self worth. It aims to reintegrate clients into society by helping them find accommodation, providing advice and support and teaching basic life skills, access training and education and where appropriate find employment. There are 40 staff and around 30 committed volunteers with an annual income in the region of £1.8 million. The Centre provides a 32-bedroom hostel for 16-21 year olds. There is a Drop-in for 16-25 year olds. A Family Centre provides a safe space for families living in inadequate accommodation, where both parents and children can learn. There is a second hostel for eight residents in recovery from substance misuse and a Move-on Team helping residents make the transition to independent living. The Education, Training and Employment service runs English classes and IT training, and provides careers guidance and work experience for the Centre's clients. Finally there is a fully-fledged Medical Surgery. Volunteers at the Centre are engaged in most of the services. In the Family Centre at the start of the day volunteers help set up and run activities for the children. Volunteers sign in parents, help prepare lunch for children and participate in story and singing activities. At the end of the day, volunteers and staff tidy everything away. Volunteers also help in the Drop-in; teach English and help in the hostel. For more information see: http://www.cardinalhumecentre.org.uk/
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