The Second Half Foundation (Reg. 1141988) was created with the mission of tackling loneliness and isolation for any person over the age of 50. We wish to serve ANYONE affected by isolation from any background and reduce social exclusion: from the underprivileged to ethnic minorities to those who are just isolated. We believe isolation does not just affect the underprivileged and people living in deprived circumstance but people from all socioeconomic backgrounds.

The Second Half Foundation was established with the purpose of building centres throughout the United Kingdom to serve men and women aged 50 plus to ensure that our growing ageing population will have a place to develop more meaningful connections and continue to learn and grow. The first Second Half Centre opened its doors to the community in October 2012 in the NHS St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing in North Kensington, London. The Second Half Centre has over 3000 members, 440 attendees each week, engaged 140 volunteers, and provides 65 hours of classes and workshops weekly.

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

PLEASE MARK YOUR DIARIES FOR OCTOBER 13th & 14th THE 2016 SECOND HALF CAREER EXHIBITION: CELEBRATING LIVING OLD MASTERS

This is the fifth year that The Second Half Foundation has held an arts event in support of Silver Sunday. This exhibition gives nine artists, all of whom had varied careers in the first half of their life, who later found the love of their art in the second half of their lives, the opportunity to show and sell their work. They are all incredibly talented: from ceramics to metal work, to sculptural jewellery, to photography, wood and painting . The beautiful work created by our members at The Second Half Centre art classes is exhibited as well. The money raised goes to help fund the work of The Second Half Centre now run by Open Age.


Please click on the catalogue to see some of the beautiful art that will be exhibited and sold at our exhibition. If you are in the second half of your life and experiencing any “firsts”, we want to hear your stories.








The Second Half Foundation and ChurchCare

The Second Half Foundation and ChurchCare will be piloting a new programme in London with an expected launch date of June 2016  that goes to the heart of tackling the devastating effects of isolation in our older population.  The Church will be taking a lead role helping to create new church communities where members care for one another and make outstanding contribution in the second half of their lives. 
Second Half Clubs will be held in local Churches where people can come together as a group to enjoy group activities, social support, and give purpose to enrich the lives of its community. Rediscovering the pleasures of old hobbies and finding new ones, exercising, feeling involved through volunteering, mentoring and teaching, making new friends, to learning how to use IPads to stay connected to family friends and their community and learning new skills will be the mission of Second Half Clubs.

Lady Jill Shaw Ruddock, Chairman and Founder of The Second Half Foundation and Centre on Sky News talking about the importance of tackling the issue of loneliness in our communities.

"Having community hubs in churches, NHS facilities and community buildings, is so important .  Our exploding older population needs to know that support is available and there are safe places that people can come together to have fun, learn new skills, and make new friends . I hope this becomes a mainstay of each and every community."  November 4th 2015

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The Second Half Art Exhibition Celebrating Living Old Masters


The Second Half Foundation hosted for the fourth year an arts event in support of Silver Sunday, a city wide initiative that honours the contributions older people make to their communities. Please click on the Catalogue  for The Second Half Career Art Exhibition: Celebrating Living Old Masters. The comedienne, actress, author, artist and national treasure Maureen Lipman CBE officially opened  the event on October 1st. This is an exciting story of transformation and continued growth.  We hope it will provide inspiration for many older people who are searching for new ways to develop in the second half of their lives. This exhibition showcased seven extremely talented artists, all of whom had varied careers in the first half of their life, who later found the love of their art in the second half of their lives, the opportunity to show and sell their work. This year,  £17,000 went directly to  support the work of The Second Half Centre www.thesecondhalfcentre.com  now run by Open Age. Special thanks to Adrian Sassoon, Kate Malone, James Handford, our 7 exhibiting artists,  and our wonderful volunteers.

The Second Half Career Art Exhibition, Celebrating Living Old Masters
Date: October 1st  630 – 830 pm ( by Invitation Only) and  October 2nd  10 am-8 pm General Public

Location: The Second Half Centre, St Charles Hospital Exmoor Street London W10












THE NEW MASS MARKET EDITION OF THE SECOND HALF OF YOUR LIFE AVAILABLE NOW!






The Second Half of Your Life, just released in mass market paperback on March 12th 2015 (Ebury £8.99) and in eBook (£3.99) inspires women to rethink what it means to grow older. The book has been heralded as ‘one of the most important women’s books for a decade’, ‘ground-breaking’, ‘inspirational’ and ‘the manual for women in the second half of their life’.

Based on the science of hormones, her extensive research and interviews, Jill Shaw Ruddock provides prescriptive advice on how to use the biological changes that occur around menopause to help make the second half of life the best half. Providing practical hands-on advice on how to harness the power of the oestrogen-free mind to make the most of new opportunities, Ruddock covers everything from money to the mind, dating to divorce, exercise to eating, and the libido to looking your best. 

All author’s  proceeds go to fund the work of The Second Half Foundation. ( Reg 1141988)


Click here to purchase The Second Half of Your Life book! All proceeds go to The Second Half of Your Life Foundation.

Click here to purchase The Second Half of Your Life e-book! All proceeds go to The Second Half of Your Life Foundation



“This is the self-help book for women to end all self-help books for women.” Melanie McDonagh, The Evening Standard
“The Second Half of Your Life is an important book for our age and now that this book has been brought to life in the creation of The Second Half Centre at St Charles is hugely exciting. Giving “second halfers” a place where both men and women over the age of 50 can learn and have fun will be a great addition to our neighbourhood.” Ruby Wax, Comedienne and Poster girl for Depression, Resident of The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
“One of the most important women’s books for a decade.” The Lady Magazine
“If anyone can persuade others that old is to be celebrated it is Jill Shaw Ruddock.” The Telegraph
“Ruddock has written a ground-breaking book called, The Second Half of Your Life. Hugely liberating, empowering and transforming.” The Sunday Independent
“The script for those fruitful years between 50 and 96 needed to be written”. Mail on Sunday
“Nora Ephron published I Feel Bad About My Neck, but the book The Second Half of Your Life, is not a memoir but a self help book aimed squarely at women like me whose ovaries no longer function. Hugely ambitious. We need a book like this” Mrs Moneypenny, Financial Times
“The Second Half of Your Life – part self help manual and part scientific treatise. She’s great on financial advice and inspiring on her unrelenting optimism on behalf of older women.” Alison Roberts, The Evening Standard
“I want to know what happens in the second phase of life, so I know how to live my life now. The Second Half of Your Life is the book that women of all ages need.”  Megha Mittal, Age 36, Chairman of Escada


About The Second Half of Your Life Foundation

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The Second Half Foundation (Reg. 1141988) was formed in May 2011 with the mission of tackling loneliness and isolation for any person over the age of 50. We wish to serve ANYONE affected by isolation from any background and reduce social exclusion: from the underprivileged to ethnic minorities to those who are just isolated. We believe isolation does not just affect the underprivileged and people living in deprived circumstance but people from all socioeconomic backgrounds.

The Second Half Foundation (SHF) was established with the purpose of building centres throughout the United Kingdom to serve men and women aged 50 plus to ensure that our growing ageing population will have a place to develop more meaningful connections and continue to learn and grow. The Second Half Foundation is creating a self-sustaining template that addresses the problems that our ageing population face in the 21st century with 21st century solutions.

The first Second Half Centre opened its doors to the community in October 2012 in the NHS St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing in North Kensington, London. Since opening its doors, The Second Half Centre has 1450 members, 400 attendees each week, engaged 140 volunteers, and provides 68 hours of classes and workshops weekly.


To donate to The Second Half Of Your Life Foundation, please click on the link below to print out the form.



The 2014 Second Half Career Art Exhibition & Sale Catalogue

For the third year, the Second Half Foundation has supported Silver Sunday. This year will be the second year the SHF has hosted The Second Half Career Exhibition.

This exhibition held on October 2nd, 3rd and 4th gave seven artists, all of whom had varied careers in the first half of their life the opportunity to show their work.  They are all incredibly talented: from ceramics to jewellery to painting to photography to glass. We also exhibited work created in The Second Half Centre art classes.  This event raised over £10,000 to fund the work at The Second Half Centre














PHOTO ALBUM OF THE SECOND HALF CAREER EXHIBTION AND SALE





The Second Half Foundation White Paper

A White Paper released by The Second Half Foundation proves that reducing social isolation amongst older people through the creation of local hubs can produce returns of over 135% a year to the NHS and local Clinical Commissioning Groups. Research from The Second Half Foundation demonstrates that using the Preventative Care Model works and should serve as a model for preventative and proactive care for successful ageing. The Second Half Centre, opened to the community by The Second Half Foundation on October 29 2012, now has 1470 members and an average of over 400 people each week coming through its doors to participate on over 68 hours of activities on offer weekly (www.thesecondhalfcentre.com). This is the first time that the benefits of providing community hubs to tackle social isolation for our ageing population have been monetized.


The Second Half Foundation Health & Wellbeing Impact Survey 2014


The Second Half Foundation Health and Wellbeing Impact Survey was anonymously completed by a random sample of 108 members from The Second Half Centre located in St Charles Hospital, in North Kensington. The results of this survey quantifies the impact The Second Half Centre has had on health, confidence, life satisfaction and the benefits of having a state-of-the-art 21st Century community hub catering to the 21st Century problems facing our older population.


Click the link to read the survey:

http://www.thesecondhalfcentre.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/HEALTH-AND-WELLBEING-IMPACT-SURVEY.pdf

The Second Half Foundation in News & Media

The Second Half Foundation has become a leading advocate tackling loneliness and isolation for over 50s in the UK. Read more about our Founder and Chairman, Jill Shaw Ruddock, and the work of The Second Half Foundation and Centre:


What I See meets Jill Shaw Ruddock

What I See, an exploration of what it means to be a woman, recently sat down with our Founder and Chairman, Jill Shaw Ruddock to talk about menopause, loneliness and successful ageing. Click here to watch the video.


The Mayor and Mayoress of RBKC Celebrate the New Partnership of The Second Half Foundation and Open Age

On 20th March 2014, by invitation of the Mayor of RBKC, Cllr Charles Williams, staff, funders, teachers and volunteers of The Second Half Centre joined together in celebrations of our new partnership with Open Age. The Mayor offered congratulations for the amazing achievements and philanthropic work of The Second Half Foundation and to our founder, Jill Shaw Ruddock, Vice Chairman, Michaela Rees Jones, and Treasurer Diane Herlinger.


The Second Half Centre in Libertine Magazine


Founder & Chairman Jill Shaw Ruddock and Member Erma Simon on Sky News!

Minister of Health, Jeremy Hunt was all over the media discussing ageing and tackling isolation.  In response to his comments the Founder and Chairman of The Second Half Foundation, Jill Shaw Ruddock, along with SHC member Erma Simon, were on Sky News on Boulton and Co. For those of you who didn’t catch it, click here!
  

Second Half Career Art Exhibition & Sale on ITN!

Although we were not named in the footage screened by ITN, some of the beautiful Art work that featured in our Second Half Career Art Exhibition and Sale was shown! Click here!


50+…And I’m Just Getting Started! New SHC Documentary

Tahera Zarrabi is one of our members here at The Second Half Centre, and her daughter, Taira, has made this wonderful film about our Centre. It is a documentary about the issues of isolation amongst the fast growing older population in Britain today. As you all know, this is an issue affecting all of us now and our future, and it is targeting isolation that The Second Half Centre aims achieve. Click here to watch!


The Second Half Centre on Sky News!

See founder Jill Shaw Ruddock and Second Half Centre member Erma Simon discuss The Second Half Centre on Sky News. Click here to watch!   

The Second Half Foundation in Tatler

SHC in The Lady



The Second Half Foundation in The Hill



SHC Art Exhibition in Kensington & Chelsea Today



SHC in The Mature Times


SHC in Health Club Management Magazine

Our Founder, Jill Shaw Ruddock, talks about The Second Half Centre in Health Club Management Magazine. Click here to read!


Classes at SHC in The Evening Standard

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/persian-cooking-and-ipads-for-the-over50s-8225967.html?origin=internalSearch


Article in The Mirror about SHC!

Miriam Stoppard on: Why there’s no reason why the second half of our lives can’t be the best half. Click here to read!

About The Second Half Centre



Click the logo to visit The Second Half Centre website. 

The Second Half Centre, located in the NHS St Charles Centre Hospital on Exmoor Street W10, one of the most deprived wards in the Royal Borough and all of England.  The SHC opened its doors to the over 50s community on October 29th 2012. The Second Half Centre is open Monday to Friday, 9.30 am to 5.00 pm. Currently there are over 1470 members.

In its beautiful 3400 square foot state-of-the-art multi-purpose centre, over 60 hours of classes are taught each week, all taught by accredited teachers: Exercise from Ballet Tone,  Salsa, Jazz, Meditation Zumba, Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, and Stretch and Tone; Fine Art from Acrylic painting, Life Drawing to Pastels; Crafts, Drama (including West End visits to The National, The Donmar Warehouse, and The Noel Coward), Bus Pass to Broadway (singing and dancing to your favourite Broadway shows), Practical Gardening and Garden Design, IT skills from basic Emailing to Excel  to Social Media  is taught by Kensington and Chelsea College in our dedicated IT room with 12 computers; Retooling for Life and Work, The Art of Revolution and Discovering World Religions (including museum visits to The National Gallery, The V&A, The British Museum and the Courtauld), History of Literature, Poetry, Creative Writing, a variety of Cooking Classes from Italian, Thai, Greek, Persian, Estonian, Vegetarian,  ESOL, Beginners French and Spanish, and many other classes and workshops  ranging from therapist led “ Time To Talk “ to “How To Communicate with Your Adult Children Without Pissing them Off".

Pricing is set to encourage people from less fortunate backgrounds to take classes (there is a heavily discounted price for Bursary members to ensure those who show need are able to attend as many classes as they want to). Classes for Members cost £5 for a one hour class, £6 for 2 hours, with Bursary members paying just £2 and £3.

The Second Half Centre is a place where both men and women over the age of 50 come together and do things they enjoy in a dedicated space: from bridging the digital divide, learning new skills to get back to work, rediscovering the pleasures of old hobbies and finding new ones, exercising, and feeling involved through volunteering, mentoring and teaching.  People from all socio economic groups, all races and religions from any borough are welcomed. The Second Half Centre believes isolation effects everyone equally as we age.

On the premises is The Life Cafe  which is open five days a week,  where members now run the CafĂ© on a volunteer basis. Members can pop in before and after classes for a delicious cup of cappuccino or tea and eat our breads, cinnamon twirls, yogurt parfaits and scones.     
Membership is FREE.