Vital Signs Reports

Our Vital Signs programme is an initiative supported by UK Community Foundations & Goldsmiths’ Company Charity.

Two Riding CF’s Vital Signs reports will highlight the key issues in our region. Understanding the needs of local people allows us to channel our grant-making into the areas that need it most and to evidence the need to donors and other supporters.

Many areas in North and East Yorkshire are considered affluent, yet our research has shown that hidden poverty, loneliness and mental health issues are widespread across the region. Our research has focused on each district at a Lower Super Output Area (LSOA is a geographic descriptor of a small neighbourhood), ensuring that we can identify pockets of need and the small, local projects that are best placed to help them.

Most of our research is conducted using online platforms such as Local Insight, which uses the most recent datasets published by OCSI, the government, and independent organisations such as Age UK. This statistical data is then supplemented by our expertise of the local area and case studies of groups that are meeting local need.

We have published the Vital Signs report for the Harrogate district, East Riding of Yorkshire and the Philanthropy in York report, which you can view below.

Vital Signs report for the Harrogate district

Vital Signs report for East Riding

Philanthropy in York report

For a brief overview of poverty, loneliness and social isolation, and health and wellbeing in our communities, you can view our factsheet.

Factsheet for Ryedale

We will be producing reports for Ryedale, Scarborough, Hull, Hambleton, Craven, Richmondshire and Selby over the next 12 months.