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The Social Audit Network (SAN) is a not-for-profit organisation which facilitates the exchange of information and experience between practitioners of social accounting and audit in the social economy and voluntary sectors. SAN holds regular meetings, events and an annual conference at venues around the UK, distributes a monthly SAN circular to its email network. The email network now consists of nearly 1400 contacts, mostly in the UK.

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The Social Audit Network's Annual Gathering

posted July 20th, 2018

This year's SAN Conference will take place on...

Wednesday 17th October 2018 at 54 St James Street, Liverpool, L1 0AB


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Coinciding with the 26th anniversary of the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and taking inspiration from this, SAN will explore how social accounting and audit can be used to gain a better understanding of poverty, including:

  • What poverty looks like in the UK in 2018, drawing inspiration from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Exploring the international viewpoint; local learning from global activities
  • Viewing poverty from the positions of a range of stakeholders – lived experiences, investors, funders and commissioners of services, researchers and service delivery
  • Debating how social accounting and audit can be applied to better understand poverty 

Event Fees* - FULL DAY - £125 per delegate / SAN members £80 (including lunch)

To book your place, go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/san-presents-understanding-poverty-tickets-48057029870 

Or e-mail info@socialauditnetwork.org.uk or call 0151 706 8121 

*Discounts will be available for Members of Social Value UK (SVUK) and Social Enterprise UK (SEUK), please email us for details


SAN is pleased to announce our new partnership with Community Enterprise in Scotland

posted July 26th, 2018

Established more than 30 years ago, Community Enterprise Ltd first started operating as Community Enterprise Lothians in 1987. Originally funded by the Urban Regeneration Fund, CE Ltd worked in deprived areas of Edinburgh developing local businesses and supporting local people.

As the role of Social Enterprise in regenerating our communities has become more recognised and as Community Empowerment has become more widespread, so has the importance of delivering ‘hands-on’ development support to community organisations wishing to become more effective and more sustainable. This change in environment and need has also led to the evolution of Community Enterprise itself. From being an intermediary organisation operating in Edinburgh, signposting community organisations to possible assistance, we have now become the direct deliverer of that assistance and expertise and operate throughout Scotland on a broad range of projects. Community Enterprise Ltd is a social enterprise itself, currently earning the majority of its own income through its trading subsidiary but using grants to fund specific programmes.

Community Enterprise will take on the role of the SAN Regional Coordinator for Scotland from July 2018. Should you have any queries, please contact Victoria Pearce: victoria@communityenterprise.co.uk


SAN Annual Review of 2017/18 now published

posted April 27th, 2018

In our aim to be transparent and accountable to our Members and stakeholders, SAN has published a short Annual Review of its activities in 2017/18.

This is now available for download here. 


New FREE Roadshow events announced!

posted April 21st, 2018

SAN is pleased to announce its FREE lunch time events as part of its 2018 programme of regional roadshows. We are also focussing on social impact in Faith-based organisations, and have launched our new training programme

Please go to our training page to find out more.


SAN is Delighted to be the Independent Verification Body for the W+ Standard

posted April 3rd, 2018

The SAN Directors leading the W+ Standard verification work are Liz Allen and Lisa McMullan.  Both have over 15 years’ experience of social accounting and audit, as practitioners within their own organisations and supporting others to recognise their social value. They have supported a wide range of community-based organisations in the UK and internationally, including in Nepal, Indonesia, Vietnam, South Africa and Thailand.....

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Read SAN's Latest Blog

posted June 21st, 2018

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Read our latest blog from Alan Kay, who writes…

‘There has always been income inequality but as the world becomes more and more interconnected, the divisions between those that ‘have’ and those that ‘have-not’ is increasingly widening.  And this has a knock-on effect where the disparities in income translate into disparities in wealth – raising the question, who owns our world?’

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SAN is deeply saddened to announce that one of our Directors, Bernadette Speight, has passed away. Our friend and colleague remained wonderful, kind, insightful, wise, brave, energetic, and kind throughout her illness. She will be fondly remembered for bringing calm and sense to our discussions; passion and inspiration to our training and events; and a deep dedication to co-operation.


 

Guide to SAA available

posted February 16th, 2017

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The Guide to Social Accounting & Audit can now be ordered via the SAN office or your SAN Regional Co-ordinator. The Guide takes account of the growing experience of social accounting and audit in recent years and includes reference to the range of frameworks and methods developed to help organisations explain and account for their performance and impact. It is a “roadmap” to the social accounting and audit process and has been written for social enterprises, social economy organisations and voluntary sector organisations that wish to regularly account and report on their social, economic and environmental performance and impact. The Guide consists of a paper version with a companion CD and costs £40 each (inclusive of P&P to a UK address) or £30 each if ten or more copies are ordered (plus P&P)

Discounts are also now available when the Guide is purchased at any SAN event. The special price for Guides bought at any SAN Road Show, training or Conference is just £25.00.

New Guide to Social Accounting and Audit


Guide to Social Enterprise Planning

posted January 4th, 2017

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CBS Network through their trading arm (JUST the Business) developed and wrote a Guide to Social Enterprise Planning. As CBS Network has been wound up, the Social Audit Network is now selling the Guide for £15 and making a contribution to the Social Enterprise Collection (archive) at Glasgow Caledonian University. The Guide, which only exists in electronic copy, combines the essential elements of business planning with the need for systems to track and account for social change.

For further details on purchasing this guide please contact info@socialauditnetwork.org.uk. We will then send this to you, along with the 6 annexes, electronically by email.


Case Studies

posted November 3rd, 2016

SAN is publishing a new set of case studies of organisations which have embedded social accounting within their organisations. These case studies aim to illustrate how social accounting is used across organisations of differing sizes and from different areas of business. The first case study is from St Leger Homes… 

St-Leger.jpgSt Leger was set up by Doncaster Council in 2005, following a consensus decision made by council house tenants at that time. They are responsible for the management of council homes, along with a portfolio of shopping parades, garage sites and land. They also manage the Housing Register on behalf of Doncaster Council and undertake other work as agreed and required by the Council, for example they have recently taken over the management of Gypsy & Traveller sites and continue to expand their private sector landlord service.

St Leger Homes are a limited, not-for-profit distributing company employing 720 people and are a living wage employer.

St Leger Homes’ first set of Social Accounts covered the period from April 2014 to March 2015. They have a strong vision and value base with clearly defined strategic objectives, and associated KPIs. The SAA process works with their existing reporting systems, focusing on social impact and activities that add value to their core business of providing quality housing for tenants and their families.

Four new case studies are now available to download from our web pages: http://www.socialauditnetwork.org.uk/learn-more/case-studies/ 

They have been prepared to highlight new trends in social accounting practice and to examine in detail the benefits of social accounting. They also contain tips and advice from organisations at different stages in their social accounting journey and from differing backgrounds.'


John Pearce - Founder of SAN

posted December 18th, 2016

John PearceJohn Pearce, who died from cancer aged just 69, was a major and influential force in community development and in particular was a pioneer in community enterprise - the precursor to social enterprise.

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Social Audit Network and the SROI Network

posted January 19th, 2016

Social Audit Network and the SROI Network now known as "Social Value UK" 
strengthen links through reciprocal membership

Colleagues from the Social Audit Network (SAN) and the SROI Network (now known as Social Value UK) recently met to discuss joint interests and potential areas for closer working. Now formally members of each other’s organisations, one area of discussion was the increasing need for independent assurance of social accounts and SROI reports. If social value reporting is to be credible in the medium and long term, there needs to be independent verification or audit for meaningful inclusion in tender evaluation.

Jeremy Nicholls, CEO of the SROI Network and SIAA, now known as "Social Value International", said 'we're delighted to be working more closely together with SAN. Our organisations have a number of shared values and aims, and we hope that this reciprocal membership will lead to a more united front to work towards more accounting for social and environmental impact and value.'

Lisa McMullan, Chair of the SAN Board, said 'With the increased interest which we have seen since the Social Value Act, we hope that by working more closely together, SAN and Social Value UK can help organisations in the social economy decide how best to measure their social impact’

Jeremy Nicholls will also be presenting a workshop on SROI at this year’s SAN Annual Gathering, which will be held in partnership with Salford University’s Business School, at their Media City Campus, on Friday 17th April 2015. For more information, see the article above.

SAN and SIAA, now known as Social Value International, are also hoping to be able to put their global networks in touch with each other across the world.

SAN and the SROI Network had previously released a joint statement which described the similarities and differences in the two frameworks, available to download here.


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