The second half of you life foundation

Founder of The Second Half Centre and Second Half Clubs

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In February 2011, The Second Half of Your Life, a groundbreaking book that inspires women to rethink what it means to grow older was published by Penguin/Random House. Using the hormonal changes that occur around menopause as a springboard to transition from a woman's reproductive years to her self-productive years, it launched Jill into a journey to create The Second Half Foundation. All sales from this book go to fund The Second Half Foundation.

The Second Half Foundation (Reg. 1141988) was created in May 2011 with the mission of tackling loneliness and isolation for any person over the age of 50 years old. We wish to serve anyone affected by isolation from any background. We want to ensure that our growing population will have a place to develop more meaningful connections and continue to learn and grow.

In October 2012, The Second Half Centre opened its doors to the community in the NHS St Charles for Health and Wellbeing in North Kensington, London. The Second Half Centre has over 4000 members, 500 attendees each week and provides 90 hours of classes and workshops weekly and is run by Open Age.

On October 2nd 2016, The Second Half Centre, Diocese of London, Diocese of Middlesex, Open Age, Barclays Digital Eagles, City Harvest and Pret a Manger have piloted a new programme in London that goes to the heart of tackling the devastating effects of isolation in our older population. The Church of England are taking a lead role helping to create new church communities where churches become hubs of the community on days not of worship and promote active ageing.

Second Half Clubs launched in two local Churches in Westminster in November 2016: St Stephens on Rochester Row, SW1P 1LE and St Paul's on 5 Rossmore Road, NW1 6NJ where people can come together as a group to enjoy group activities and give purpose to enrich their lives of their community. Rediscovering the pleasures of old hobbies and finding new ones, excercising, feeling involved through volunteering, mentoring and teaching, making new friends, learning how to use iPads, staying connected to family friends and their community as well as learning new skills will be the mission of Second Half Clubs. Two more have launched in Janaury 2019: St Andrews Church on Greyhound Road and St Mary's The Bolton in Kensington. Our fifth church All Saints Fulham will be launching after Easter 2019.

The Second Half Foundation was created and founded by Lady Jill Shaw Ruddock CBE.

Please click on this link to see The Church of England’s post on Second Half Clubs and the wonderful work being done with our partners The Diocese of London, Open Age, Barclays Bank: Digital Eagles and The Second Half Foundation to help make churches hubs of the community on days not of worship.

     The Second Half Exhibition October 2021

The ninth annual 2021 Second Half Art Exhibition took place on Tuesday October 26th and 27th.


These 10 second half artists who exhibited this year are incredibly talented. This exhibition reflects what the Second Half Centre aims to be: a place where ageless curiosity and self-discovery is part of the everyday experience. Please do take a few minutes to look through the catalogue.  Half the proceeds go to the artist and the other half to fund the work of The Second Half Centre.












This has been a difficult time for our Second Half community which pre-covid hosted 92 hours of activities to our 6000 members. We have been closed since March 2020, and I am delighted to tell you we have now reopened with in person activities. During the closure we provided 60 hours of remote programming via zoom to our members.


  The Exhibition was officially opened by James Robinson, Victoria and Albert Museum’s Head of Sculpture, Ceramics and Glass. The breakfast speaker was Rosy Greenlees, President and Director of the Crafts Council who discussed Why Craft in the UK is Unique.









 



Second Half Clubs Activity Programmes - Winter 2020





The Opening of The 2019 Second Half Exhibition


The 2019 Second Half Art Exhibition was held on the evening of October 23rd at The Second Half Centre in the NHS St Charles Hospital and officially opened by pioneering gallerist David Gill.  It was a very exciting evening, with a jam packed room and our nine talented artists displaying and selling their gorgeous work.    Half the proceeds went to fund the work of The Second Half Foundation; the other half to the exhibiting artists.

Dr Nadia Rosenthal, Scientific Director and Professor of The Jackson Laboratory for Mammalian Genetics and one of our exhibiting artists, hosted a fascinating breakfast on the morning of the 24th : WHEN SCIENCE MEETS ART.

We are excited to confirm that when it comes to creativity - there is no "sell by date" and we look forward to next year.  A big thank you to Grayson Perry, The Victoria Miro Gallery, Diane Herlinger, our amazing Committee, Jenny Marshall, Ann Canning, Nikita Loring, James Handford, our Volunteers, our Supporters, and our Nine Exhibiting Artists who made this exhibition our best ever to date.




Wednesday 23rd October - You Are Invited To The Opening Night Party of The Second Half Career Art Exhibition & Sale: Celebrating Living Old Masters


PLEASE MARK YOUR DIARIES FOR OCTOBER 23RD & 24TH THE 2019 SECOND HALF CAREER EXHIBITION: CELEBRATING LIVING OLD MASTERS

Second Half Clubs Activity Programmes - Summer 2019


Since 2016, The Second Half Foundation, Diocese of London, Open Age and Barclays Bank: Digital Eagles  partnered to create – Second Half Clubs -  a time when older people can come together as a group to enjoy group activities, make new friends, exercise, sing, learn new computer skills and just have fun! Lunch is provided free by City Harvest and Pret A Manager.  The Diocese of London and the Archdeacon of Middlesex, The Venerable Stephen Welsh, have taken a leading role to help create new church communities where churches become hubs of the community on days not of worship and promote active ageing. There are now five Second Half Clubs: St Stephens Church on Rochester Row SW1 (every Monday) and All Saints Fulham SW6 (every Monday),  St Paul’s Church on 5 Rossmore Road NW1 (every Wednesday), St Andrews Church W14 (every Friday) and  St Mary The Boltons SW10 (every Friday).










It’s great to see our churches unite to help the elderly – The Evening Standard


Very grateful to the Evening Standard for highlighting Second Half Clubs and our partners in the Wednesday March 6th edition:  Diocese of London,  Open Age, Barclays Bank: Digital Eagles; City Harvest and Pret a Manger.
To read this article online, click this link

The Second Half Centre Activity Programme (7th Jan - 29th March, 2019)