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 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 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.

The Second Half Centre Activity Programme (7th Jan - 29th March, 2019)

Second Half Clubs

As part of the work that The Second Half Foundations does in churches to build  community and tackle loneliness through the creation of Second Half Clubs, Barclays Digital Eagles delivers computer instruction for free to our churches at St Stephens on Rochester Row in Westminster and St Paul’s Marylebone on Rossmore Road.   St Stephens every Monday and St Paul’s every Wednesday.

We have two more churches joining our group in January 2019: St Andrews on Greyhound Road in Barons Court and St Mary The Boltons in South Kensington.  Both churches will be hosting Barclays Digital Eagles classes along with Singing and Zumba every Friday delivered by Open Age.

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. 

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.