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VITAL SIGNS

Vital Signs is a global initiative, run by community foundations which listen to, understand and appreciate the communities in which they work on behalf of their donors. It takes the temperature of how our communities are faring, and asks people what’s working and where we could all prioritise our actions – be these actions personal, professional or philanthropic. 
 
In 2016 we launched Wales’s first ever Vital Signs report.  We asked volunteers and community leaders from all sectors across Wales about the key issues in their communities.  Our findings were interwoven with key statistics and data across 10 core themes to present a 360 degree picture of Wales: the things that are good, as well as the things that are not so good, in real communities, as told by real people.
 
Dovetailing with our recent publication ‘A Portrait of Philanthropy in Wales’, Vital Signs highlights examples of community need and action, helping us all to give, and to give better.
 
“It is an important summary of where we are as a nation and very much reflects the concerns and issues that were raised through the Wales we Want process. I am sure the Future Generations Commissioner will find it a really helpful build on that work and the issues that need to be reflected within local well being plans. It also gives an insight into the critical but often unsung work that is being undertaken every day by voluntary and community groups across Wales.”
Peter Davies, former Commissioner for Sustainable Futures
 
The full report can be read below.