Vital Signs

Have your say on local needs in South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation (SYCF) is undertaking pivotal research into community needs, and calls for local people to take part to help bring about transformative change.

Vital Signs uses local knowledge to measure the vitality of a community and support action, a ‘health-check’ that identifies our community’s hidden needs and priorities. The research examines ten themes including mental health, education and crime and safety.

Local data gathered through the research is used to support evidence-based, locally-relevant solutions to improve the quality of life at the community level. Understanding the needs of a community and the issues it faces is the first step to being able to solve them. The findings will enable SYCF, who distribute funding to community groups, to provide targeted intervention where it is most needed.

After a year of living in a pandemic with resources stretched, this research is needed more than ever.

Ruth Willis, CEO of South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation said:

“The findings of the Vital Signs report will provide us with a clear indication of the issues our community is facing. It shines a light on the concerns and fears that require attention and provides an impetus for action.

“By identifying where there is the most need or a growing need, we can offer more effective support to the community organisations already working so hard to better their area. At the same time we can draw awareness to the areas that need more funding and support to meet local needs. The research is utilised not only by the Foundation but Local Authorities and local healthcare providers too.

“With this advanced reporting in place we can engage the wider community – individuals and businesses – to work with us and be a part of the solution to the issues that our new Vital Signs reporting will identify.

“We want to invite as many people as possible in South Yorkshire to fill in the survey and have their say.”

Have your say

From early May to end of June, people completed our online survey or requested paper copies to share their opinions on the communities they reside in.

Thank you so much for your input.

The survey has now closed.

Work is beginning to collate and produce a report to share the most pressing needs in South Yorkshire communities.

Visit this page and our social media channels for more updates.

To stay updated on Vital Signs 2021, bookmark this page. You can read the previous reports from 2017, 2018 and 2019, below

For media or queries relating to the Vital Signs project, please contact the team:

Press contact

Akhlaq Hanif, Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Tel: 0114 242 9004 | Email:

Vital Signs contact:

Liz Bailey, Philanthropy Coordinator

Tel: 0114 242 9004 | Email:


Vital Signs 2019 Report

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Vital Signs 2018 Report

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Vital Signs 2017 Report

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