The Second Half Foundation (Reg. 1141988) was created 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 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 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. The Second Half Centre has over 3000 members, 440 attendees each week, engaged 140 volunteers, and provides 65 hours of classes and workshops weekly.
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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What I See meets Jill Shaw Ruddock
The Mayor and Mayoress of RBKC Celebrate the New Partnership of The Second Half Foundation and Open Age
The Second Half Centre in Libertine Magazine
Founder & Chairman Jill Shaw Ruddock and Member Erma Simon on Sky News!
Second Half Career Art Exhibition & Sale on ITN!
50+…And I’m Just Getting Started! New SHC Documentary
The Second Half Centre on Sky News!
The Second Half Centre in The Evening Standardhttp://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/jill-shaw-ruddock-the-woman-who-wants-getting-older-to-be-fun-8464903.html
SHC in The Telegraph
SHC in The Evening Standardhttp://www.standard.co.uk/comment/comment/sarah-sands-the-revolution-in-attitudes-to-health-is-here-8461268.html?origin=internalSearch
The Second Half Foundation in Tatler
SHC in The Lady
The Second Half Foundation in The Hill
SHC Art Exhibition in Kensington & Chelsea Today
The Launch of The Second Half Foundation in the Kensington Magazine
The Opening of the SHC in The Evening Standardhttp://www.standard.co.uk/news/londoners-diary/a-new-era-for-evergreens-8463245.html?origin=internalSearch
SHC in The Mature Times
SHC in Health Club Management Magazine
Classes at SHC in The Evening Standardhttp://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/persian-cooking-and-ipads-for-the-over50s-8225967.html?origin=internalSearch
Article in The Mirror about SHC!
The Second Half Centre, located in the NHS St Charles Centre Hospital on Exmoor Street W10, one of the most deprived wards in the Royal Borough and all of England. The SHC opened its doors to the over 50s community on October 29th 2012. The Second Half Centre is open Monday to Friday, 9.30 am to 5.00 pm. Currently there are over 1470 members.