The second half of you life foundation

Founder of The Second Half Centre and Second Half Clubs

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.

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.

Second Half Clubs - a partnership created to connect older people to their communites






Second Half Clubs every Monday at St Stephens Church on 38 Rochester Row SW1 and every Wednesday at St Paul’s Church on 5 Rossmore Road NW1 are thriving.  Launched in early October 2016, new community hubs based around existing church buildings are thriving.  With a full schedule of Zumba, Singing, Computers, Art Classes and Meditation, growing older has never been more fun.  See below for schedules and photos of some of the activities this week.










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