Vital Signs 2016

Vital Signs is a unique guide to local philanthropy, produced by Community Foundations up and down the country.

The reports pull together existing research and a community consultation to gain a full picture of the issues in each area.

Setting an analysis of need alongside inspirational accounts of how charitable giving is making a difference in our community, Somerset’s Vital Signs is a guide to inform current and future local giving in Somerset.

It highlights the many strengths we can build on in this beautiful county and the complex social and structural challenges that exist here. These challenges continue to affect the most isolated and vulnerable people in our communities. We have blended hard statistics and facts about social need with the voices of community members to identify where community-led responses can make life better.

Themes covered in Somerset’s Vital Signs:

Somerset's Vital Signs is available as a pdf download here. If you would like a hard copy of the report, please email
The research we undertook for Vital Signs was based on a community needs analysis. You can download our research report here.

This report acts as a catalyst for conversations about how we can effectively work together to ensure the very best for our communities. If you would like to discuss opportunities for you to make a difference in your community, please get in touch with Justin Sargent on 01749 344 949 or on We look forward to hearing from you.





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