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.

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:


ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH:    EVERY MONDAY    
Address38-42 Rochester Row, Westminster, London SW1P 1LE
Phone: 020 7834 0950 
Vicar Graham Buckle  graham.buckle@me.com
Curate Catherine Duce [curate@sswsj.org]
Verger Andrew Crawford andrew@sswsj.org 

ST PAUL’S CHURCH:   EVERY WEDNESDAY  
Address: 5 Rossmore Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 6NJ
Phone: 020 7724 8517 Vicar Claire Dowding office@stpaulsmarylebone.org //caedowding@gmail.com
ST ANDREWS CHURCH  FULHAM FIELDS:    EVERY FRIDAY COMMENCING JAN 11th  
The Revd Lesley Bilinda,Vicar, vicar@standrewsfulham.com
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

ST MARY'S THE BOLTONS:    EVERY FRIDAY COMMENCING JAN 26th
The Revd Jenny Welsh vicar@stmarytheboltons.org.uk
Address: The Boltons, Kensington, London SW10 9TB
020 7835 1440