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.

PLEASE MARK YOUR DIARIES FOR OCTOBER 24TH & 25TH THE 2017 SECOND HALF CAREER EXHIBITION: CELEBRATING LIVING OLD MASTERS

This is the sixth year the Second Half Foundation is hosting an arts event to support the work of The Second Half Centre. This year, there are nine extremely talented artists, all of whom had varied careers but in the second half of their lives found their love of creating art. For many it is their first time exhibiting. This exhibition is about celebrating creativity, growth and change as we age. They are all incredibly talented: from ceramics to sculptural jewellery, to photography, wood and painting . 

Please take a look at the catalogue below to see some of the beautiful art that will be exhibited and sold at our exhibition. If anything catches your eye and you would like to reserve any, please email Jill at jill@shawruddock.com . All works are for sale and the money raised goes to help fund the work of The Second Half Centre now run by Open Age. 



















































Opening Night Party of our 2017 Second Half Career Art Exhibition: Celebrating Living Old Masters on October 24, 2017 from 6:30-9pm.

We would be delighted if you could join us for the Opening Night Party of our 2017 Second Half Career Art Exhibition: Celebrating Living Old Masters on October 24th, 2017 from 6:30-9pm (see invitation below). The exhibition will continue on October 25th from 10:00-4pm. 

Dr Miriam Stoppard OBE, author, television presenter and advice columnist will officially open the exhibition at 7pm.

We really look forward to welcoming you on Opening Night. 


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