Three £1,000 prizes are up for grabs as Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) launches its 2019 Vital Signs survey. BCF is asking people in Berkshire to spend five minutes giving their opinion of life in the county. As a thank you, they can nominate a charity to win one of the £1,000 prizes.
Last year, three local groups – Autism Berkshire, Family Friends Windsor and Maidenhead and Interakt – each received one of the £1,000 prizes. (The photo above is of BCF Vice President Lady Catherine Stevenson DL, Jane Stanford-Beale from Autism Berkshire, Tracy Muschamp from Family Friends, Barbara Sporne from Interakt and Teri Kearsey from BCF.)
Now in its sixth year, Vital Signs uses the views of the local community, along with other research, to enable BCF to produce a community ‘health-check’ report. This report reveals priorities, needs and opportunities for action by measuring the quality of life in local areas.
The results drive BCF’s fundraising. Last year’s Vital Signs reported that a safe home, good health and secure employment are all linked and underpin wellbeing, so BCF launched ‘Vital for Berkshire – Homes, Health and Work’. This campaign has already funded over 20 local groups that provide vital support including counselling, accessible transport, crisis support, education or training, health coaching, supporting people back into back into employment and tackling homelessness.
Gerry Lejeune, Chief Executive of BCF, said ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for local people, with local knowledge to influence our fundraising for the next year’.