What is Vital Signs?
Vital Signs is an initiative which identifies key issues affecting local communities across the UK.
Using a combination of existing research and surveys with local residents, Vital Signs reports give a full picture of social trends; key community needs; and what people think of the places where they live and work.
Vital Signs reports will be published for various parts of the UK, produced by 22 Community Foundations. The reports also act as guides to charitable giving by identifying areas of key needs.
Why is vital signs important?
Understanding the needs of a community and the issues it faces is the first step to being able to solve them.
This is what Vital Signs does.
It measures the social temperature of different cities and communities across the UK to uncover the areas that need help. Community Foundations that run this programme then guide the generosity of local philanthropists towards the areas that need it most.
Key needs & issues
The measures are based around 10 social themes, including housing; employment; and education. Vital Signs identifies how well the region is performing in relation the rest of the UK, assessing local perceptions of the key issues which matter most to them.
Vital Signs are not just based on government statistics – it also looks at the needs and attitudes of local communities.
Beyond numbers and statistics, Vital Signs can also help us understand what the implications of the findings are.
Vital signs 2017
Read the Vital Signs reports which our Community Foundations have published. Please check back for updates!
- Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation
- Berkshire Community Foundation
- Heart of Bucks (Buckinghamshire Community Foundation)
- Community Foundation for Calderdale
- Cambridgeshire Community Foundation
- Cornwall Community Foundation
- East End Community Foundation
- Essex Community Foundation
- Gloucestershire Community Foundation
- Community Foundation for Lancashire
- Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation
- Lincolnshire Community Foundation
- Community Foundation for Merseyside
- Milton Keynes Community Foundation
- Norfolk Community Foundation
- Community Foundation for Northern Ireland
- Quartet Community Foundation
- South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation
- Staffordshire Community Foundation
- Two Ridings Community Foundation
- Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland
- Worcestershire Community Foundation