Welcome to Vital Signs North East

Vital Signs draws on statistics, local expertise and the knowledge gathered through community foundation funding across the region.

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.

We also hope that you will consider becoming one of the exceptional people that are changing the world on their doorstep by giving to a local community foundation.

You can get more information about the background to Vital Signs in the region and the UK here.

Download our latest reports on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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.

Vital issues

Fairness and inequality

High levels of poverty and disadvantage exist throughout the North East

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Arts, culture, and heritage

The region’s arts, culture and heritage should benefit everyone

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Our environment is a great North East asset, so let’s make the most of it

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The North East is generally a safe place, but some communities are blighted by crime

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Healthy living

The North East needs help to encourage healthier lifestyles

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People and communities at risk of exclusion from work need support

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Housing and homelessness

Help for those at risk of homelessness is a priority

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Support is needed to help young people achieve their full potential and skill up the North East workforce

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Strong communities

Closing the gap between the life chances of rich and poor people is a priority for the region

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Local economy

Philanthropy has a role to play in building a more prosperous North East

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Vital statistics


With financial support from Garfield Weston FoundationEsmée Fairbairn Foundation through Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, a Vital Signs report for County Durham and Darlington has been produced by County Durham Community Foundation. It is available for download here.

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