We see it as the start of a conversation, and would love to hear your views about the ambitions of local communities, their needs and what more we could do to meet them.
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You can get more information about the background to Vital Signs in the region and the UK here.
Our latest Vital Signs Reports focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. They examine the experience of five groups whose contribution to the vibrancy of our region is often inhibited by deep-seated inequalities: women; people with learning disabilities; Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities; people with learning disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Our reports set out the facts of inequality in our region, alongside the testimony of people affected by them. They identify a range of serious issues, with many problems exacerbated by the pandemic, or highlighted by recent high-profile events.
High levels of poverty and disadvantage exist throughout the North East
The region’s arts, culture and heritage should benefit everyone
Our environment is a great North East asset, so let’s make the most of it
The North East is generally a safe place, but some communities are blighted by crime
The North East needs help to encourage healthier lifestyles
People and communities at risk of exclusion from work need support
Help for those at risk of homelessness is a priority
Support is needed to help young people achieve their full potential and skill up the North East workforce
Closing the gap between the life chances of rich and poor people is a priority for the region
Philanthropy has a role to play in building a more prosperous North East
To dig deeper into the vital issues in your community you can read our in-depth reports below.