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, 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 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.