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Vital Signs

Vital Signs are reports that are produced annually in various regions of the UK to act as guides to local charitable giving by measuring social trends and issues.

They pull together existing research and combine this with a community consultation, to gain a full picture of the issues in particular regions.

Vital Signs

Understanding needs and issues in a community are the first step to being able to solve them. This is what the Vital Signs programme does.  It measures the social temperature of different cities and communities across the UK to uncover the areas that need most help.

Community Foundations that run this programme then guide the generosity of local philanthropists towards the areas that need it the most. 

The measures are based around 10 social themes, ranging from housing and homelessness to education and learning. 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 2016

4th October 2016 was the launch of Vital Signs 2016 – unveiling a range of issues which communities across the UK face. 17 Community Foundations took part in Vital Signs 2016. You can view their reports by clicking the links below:

Berkshire Community Foundation

Buckinghamshire Community Foundation

Community Foundation for Calderdale

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation

Cheshire Community Foundation

East End Community Foundation

Essex Community Foundation

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation

Community Foundation for  Merseyside

Community Foundation for Lancashire

Milton Keynes Community Foundation

Norfolk Community Foundation

Community Foundation for Northern Ireland

Somerset Community Foundation

Quartet Community Foundation

Staffordshire Community Foundation

Two Ridings Community Foundation

Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland

These pages will continue to be updated as the launch of Vital Signs 2016 gets underday, so keep checking back for updates!

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Click here to view the joint release with Community Foundations of Canada.

'The Future Looks Bleak' - article by Fabian French on The Huffington Post

Fabian French, Chief Executive of UKCF, shares his thoughts on Vital Signs 2016 - what this means for local communities across the UK. Click here to read it.

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