Second Half Centre is place for over 50s

06 November 2012

If you are aged over 50 and want to try your hand at a range of classes and activities including salsa, zumba, yoga, painting, crafts, gardening and IT skills then the new Second Half Centre is the place to go.

Located in NHS St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing on Exmoor Street W10 and opened in October the Second Half Centre is a place where men and women over the age of 50 can come together and do things they enjoy in a dedicated space: from bridging the digital divide, coaching and learning new skills to get back to work, rediscovering the pleasures of old hobbies and finding new ones, exercising, and feeling involved through volunteering, mentoring and teaching. Members of the Centre can also learn about how to set up a social enterprise.

The Second Half Centre is open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm.

The spacious state-of-the-art multi-purpose centre hosts over 45-hours of classes each week, all taught by accredited teachers: Exercise from salsa, zumba, yoga, Pilates, tai Chi, and stretch and tone; art from acrylic painting to pastels; crafts, nutrition, bridge, drama, practical gardening and garden design, IT skills from basic emailing to Excel to IPADS is taught in a dedicated IT room; a variety of cooking classes from Italian, Thai, Greek, Persian, vegetarian and cupcake-making, and many other classes.

The Life Cafe situated in the Second Half Centre is open from 9.30am to 11.30 am and 2.30pm to 4.30 pm five days a week and members can pop in before and after classes for cappuccino or tea and eat wonderful homemade carrot , courgette and banana breads made daily on the premises.

Former Mayor of the Royal Borough, Councillor Julie Mills, who used her Mayoral charity to help support the Second Half Centre, said: "This is a wonderful centre with so much on offer for anyone in the borough aged over 50. It's a very welcoming place where people can go to have fun, learn and most importantly interact with others to help tackle the problem of social isolation which can have such a negative impact on people's lives."

The Centre is a collaboration between local philanthropy, private and charitable funding and the public sector.

Membership is FREE until 15 January. For more information on the centre, how to volunteer at it or to find out what's on offer and book classes call 020 8962 5500 or check

Classes cost £3 for a one-hour class, £4 for a 90-minute class and £5 for a two-hour class. The Christina Smith Bursary is in place for members who can't afford to pay the full amount.

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