Vital Signs


This year, Heart of Bucks is following the trend set by many other Community Foundations around the UK and the world, by producing a Vital Signs report. This is the first ever Vital Signs for Buckinghamshire and covers various different topics including health and wellbeing, work and education.

Watch our Vital Signs video below:

Read our 2016 Vital Signs report

Understanding needs and issues in a community is the first step to being able to solve them. This is what the Vital Signs programme does.  It measures the social temperature of different cities and communities across the UK to uncover the areas that need the most help.

Community Foundations that run this programme then guide the generosity of local philanthropists towards the areas with the most need.

The measures are based around various social themes, ranging from housing and homelessness to education and learning. Vital Signs identifies how well the region is performing in relation to the rest of the UK, assessing local perceptions of the key issues.

Vital Signs are not just based on government statistics – it also looks at the needs and attitudes of local residents. Beyond numbers and statistics, Vital Signs can also help us understand what the implications of the findings are.