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Each year we identify priority local needs via our research Vital Signs.

We use up to 20,000 data indicators to assess the most pressing needs in our community and compare the findings to our extensive community consultation to agree our priority areas for funding.

Using philanthropy we aim to address the most urgent needs, this year we have identified a hidden homelessness problem in Calderdale, identified a need for stronger communities and uncovered disturbing levels of deprivation and inequality locally.

We have recently awarded three local charities £20,000 per year each, for the next three years, to try to address these issues.

The statistics below are shocking, but please take the time to read our analyses below of the three priority areas.
But do bear in mind statistics are merely numbers with the tears wiped away, behind every statistic, there are real lives, real people and real need.
If you want to help make a real and lasting difference to local lives please do make a donation or talk to us about how you can help.

Measures of a strong community include a stable and productive local economy, good housing and health and safety but perhaps harder to measure is the community cohesion which binds the community together. Factors that influence cohesion are; how well people get on with each other, how content they are with where they live, how they influence local decisions and how they help others.

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Measures of a strong community include a stable and productive local economy, good housing and health and safety but perhaps harder to measure is the community cohesion which binds the community together. Factors that influence cohesion are; how well people get on with each other, how content they are with where they live, how they influence local decisions and how they help others.

The data shows an increase in a number of people registering to volunteer in the community. However, only 26% of people felt they could influence decisions affecting the local area. 55% of people agreed that Calderdale is a place where people from different ethnic backgrounds get on well together.

Worryingly the 24,059 older people in Calderdale are experiencing loneliness or isolation, with data predicting that by 2037 25% of the Calderdale population will be over 65, which is an increase of 7%, and there is real concern that levels of loneliness and isolation could rise sharply.

Worryingly 24,059 older people in Calderdale are experiencing loneliness or isolation, with data predicting that by 2037 25% of the Calderdale population will be over 65, which is an increase of 7% and there is real concern that levels of loneliness and isolation could rise sharply.

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Housing and Homelessness

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We believe that everyone deserves a safe place to call home; a home provides roots, identity, a sense of belonging and a place of emotional wellbeing. Homelessness is about the loss of all of this. We know that we must find a solution to the hidden homelessness crisis in Calderdale.

Over the past three years, there has been an increase of 29% of people being accepted as statutory homeless in Calderdale, we want to support those who gain tenancies and give additional support those who need it. A further 350+ were supported by local charities to find and maintain tenancies. Because we believe home is not a luxury but a necessity we are working in partnership with leading local homelessness charities and housing sector partners to find a solution to this crisis. We are investing £20,000 per year for the next three years, talk to us today and find out how you or your business can make a real difference to the lives of local people.

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Deprivation, Exclusion And Inequality

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This is a complex set of data drawing on many different indicators. Overall it shows that Calderdale has higher deprivation than the national average. Worryingly Calderdale is the 89th most deprived Local Authority District in England of 326 areas.

There are 19 neighbourhoods in the 10% most multiple deprived areas in England. 13 neighbourhoods in the 11-20% most multiple deprived and 14 neighbourhoods in the 21-30% most multiple deprived areas in England.

Of particular concern are the data on child poverty which shows that within Calderdale 8625 children and young people are growing up in families which are income deprived.

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