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, Open Age and Barclays Digital Eagles are piloting 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 have launched in two local Churches in Westminster: 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.
The Second Half Foundation was created and founded by Lady Jill Shaw Ruddock CBE.
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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.
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“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
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.
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
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.
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