Vital Signs is backed by UK Community Foundations and based on work developed by The Toronto Foundation in 2001 and now involving community foundations across Canada and beyond. We are grateful to Community Foundations of Canada for the support they have provided to Vital Signs in the UK.

In producing Vital Signs North East, we are grateful for the assistance of County Durham Community Foundation in providing material on the philanthropy and grant-making that they support in County Durham and Darlington. We are also indebted to the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Garfield Weston Foundation for providing the financial support that made it possible to produce our 2017 Vital Issues and Vital Signs reports.

You can find out more about the international Vital Signs movement here

We would like to thank all those who gave generously of their knowledge and experience to enable the publication of this report. Vital Signs is carefully researched, but we realise that we may have missed an issue that is important, or have made a factual error. If you would like to let us know your views, we will always respond and if appropriate reflect any new evidence.

Author: Mark Pierce with additional material from Sharon Gollan 

Research: Margaret Wightman, Mark Pierce, Sharon Gollan, Roger Mould, Iain Riddell

Photos: Gateshead Housing Company, Gilbert Johnston Photography, David McIntyre, ncjMedia, James Sebright Photography, David Wala, Junction 42.

Vital Signs North East and Vital Issues reports for Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, Tees Valley and County Durham and Darlington ©Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland 2017. This publication may not be reproduced in whole or part without permission of the copyright holder.



Want to have your say on the vital issues in your community?

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required