The second half of you life foundation

Founder of The Second Half Centre and Second Half Clubs


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.

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)

Second Half Clubs

Second Half Clubs were launched in 2016 in partnership with The Diocese of London, Open Age & Barclays Bank: Digital Eagles. We piloted Second Half Clubs in 2 churches in Westminster- St Stephens Church SW1 & St Paul’s Church NW1. Currently there are 4 – St Mary The Boltons SW10St Andrew’s Church W14 & from Easter 2019 All Saints Fulham SW6 will be the fifth church.

Zumba and Singing (delivered by Open Age), a computer class (courtesy of Barclays Bank), a film club and other member led activities are available. Pret a Manager or City Harvest provide lunch for free.

For more information about Second Half Clubs and how Churches are creating communities on days not of worship for our over 50s, please contact:

Address38-42 Rochester Row, Westminster, London SW1P 1LE
Phone: 020 7834 0950 
Vicar Graham Buckle
Curate Catherine Duce []
Verger Andrew Crawford 

Address: 5 Rossmore Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 6NJ
Phone: 020 7724 8517 Vicar Claire Dowding //
The Revd Lesley Bilinda,Vicar,
Dean of Women's Ministry for the Kensington Area, Diocese of London
Address St Andrew's Church,Greyhound Road,London W14 9SA
Phone: 07956 587176

The Revd Jenny Welsh
Address: The Boltons, Kensington, London SW10 9TB
020 7835 1440

The 7th Annual 2018 Second Half Art Exhibition

It's over! Thank you to our 10 incredible artists, Marc Quinn, Miriam Stoppard and all our wonderful supporters and volunteers. So grateful.


PLEASE SAVE THIS DATE! Thursday: October 11th for the 2018 Second Half Art Exhibition: Celebrating Living Old Masters

We are pleased to announce our 7th annual 2018 Second Half Art Exhibition : Celebrating Living Old Masters which will open on October 11th at 6:30pm. Speeches at 7pm

We have some of the most talented artists participating in this event- ceramicists, painters, wood sculptors,photographers, jewellery makers and glass makers. Many of them are living legends in the art world.

Burnett, Sally: Wood Sculpting

Busnel, Isabelle: Jewellery

Edocs, Marta: Jewellery & Glass

Hamilton, Andrea: Photography

Hanna, Ashraf: Ceramics & Glass

Hogge, Vanessa: Ceramics

Johnston, Dede: Photography

Lakelin, Eleanor: Wood Sculpting

Marr, Andrew: Painting
Corke Art Gallery

Shalit, Sonia: Ceramics
Sonia Shalit Ceramics

We have scheduled the opening to take place on October 11th 2018 between Frieze London and FIAC Paris --in the hope that our friends and supporters in both London and America will be enticed to attend our opening on October 11th at 630pm at The Second Half Centre in St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing, Exmoor Street W10.

A purchasing catalogue and invitation will be available and sent out in mid September. In the meantime - save the date! All items are for sale. All profits from this event go to fund the work of the Second Half Foundation.

Photos from The Second Half Art Exhibition 2017!

Thank you to all our supporters, artists, Wahei Aoyama and Yufuku Gallery, all our staff and our volunteers who helped make the 2017 Second Half Art Exhibition the most successful ever!

Here are a few photos from the exhibition.


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 . 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.