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 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.