Understanding needs and issues in a community are the first steps to being able to solve them. This is what the Vital Signs research programme does.

Using a combination of existing research and surveys with local residents, our reports give a full picture of social trends; key community needs; and what people think of the places where they live and work.

The reports are published in 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.

The measures are based on 10 social themes, including; housing, employment; and education. Vital Signs identifies how well the area is performing in relation the rest of the UK, assessing local perceptions of the key issues which matter most to them.

Assistant Director Emma Woods-Bolger who completed the research says “The research is not just based on government statistics, it also looks at the needs and attitudes of our community. Beyond numbers and statistics, the research can also help us understand what the implications of the findings are”.

“We have identified three areas of concern in Calderdale, Housing & Homelessness, Inequality, and Strong Communities”.

Our full report covering all 10 themes can be viewed here Full Report Vital Signs

Our short report highlighting our 3 areas of concern can be viewed below or downloaded here.