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Social Audit Network April 2013

Welcome to this month’s SAN newsletter, containing news and articles about the practice of social accounting and audit, and measuring social value, from across the UK and around the world.

The Social Audit Network promotes and supports social accounting and audit as the preferred means for organisations operating in the community, social economy and public sectors to report on their social, environmental and economic performance.

Social Accounting and Audit . . . how it can help you to demonstrate your social value

Tickets are going fast for the forthcoming 2013 SAN Gathering and networking event, which will be held on Friday 19th April 2013, at 54 St James’ Street, Liverpool L1 0AB.

Are you interested in social value? Do you want to know more about how to investigate and report on your organisation’s social, environmental and economic impact? SAN is hosting a gathering for social economy practitioners interested in making social impact reporting work for them. 

Our programme includes:

  • Contributions from Caroline Mason (Big Society Capital),  Maggie O’Carroll, (The Women’s Organisation), Kieron Kirkland (Nominet Trust) and Chris Dabbs,  (Unlimited Potential)
  • Taster sessions on why and how to put Social Accounting & Audit in to practice
  • Networking opportunities with like-minded social entrepreneurs and community advocates

The programme has been designed to help you:

  • Consider whether your organisation should start social accounting
  • Understand more about the whole process of social accounting and audit
  • Hear from investors why social accounting and audit is important to them
  • Share in the experiences of other organisations

The cost of this full day event is £120 for non-members of SAN and £95 for SAN members. The cost INCLUDES a copy of ‘Prove! Improve! Account! – the Guide to Social Accounting and Audit’(normally sold at £40 each).

SAN is pleased to announce that Big Society Capital will be providing a number of sponsored places at the event. For further information, please see the SAN website www.socialauditnetwork.org.uk or e-mail: info@socialauditnetwork.org.uk.

We would also like to invite all social auditors to a meeting the previous day. Alan Kay will lead a development session around social auditing. For more information contact Mary McGarry or info@socialauditnetwork.org.uk.

Go to the SAN website for more information about the gathering… http://www.socialauditnetwork.org.uk/events-training/san-conference-2013/  

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SAN in Nepal

Last month our friend and supporter Roger Catchpole met with colleagues at the Social Audit Forum in Nepal (SAFN) on behalf of SAN.  Some brief notes from his meeting are below for your information:

  • since June 2011 they have produced their version of the Social Accounting and Audit (SA/A) guidelines in Nepali. They intend to translate it into English and present it in a user friendly way and to introduce case studies from Nepal to make it relevant to Nepali users. They also had an article about SA/A in the Himalayan Times (national press) written by Dipack Timsina.
  • Mukti Rijal seems to be a key member of the inner group and speaks with experience and commitment. . He is getting the IGD, a national organisation to do with governance, to publish the SAFN version of the guidelines. .
  • they currently have no SAF chairperson - acting chair Udelhav Guragain is in Thailand until 2014 . They aim to hold a General Assembly of SAFN before June
  • they feel that the SA/A process in Nepal is not embedded but stays isolated outside public organisations. They want to see SA/A officers embedded in appropriate public organisations.
  • They talk with eloquence about the need to empower citizens. Currently the national political scene is very unstable so hard for them to move things forward but they seem to have a lot of energy and dedication.
  • Rajmukut carried out a SA/A for a road construction project in West Nepal in June 2012
  • A national development organisation CCDN decided at their AGM three months ago to introduce SA/A  on a yearly cycle basis.
  • Rajmukut is now freelance and working in community monitoring/project evaluation - bottom up development.
  • Deepack wrote a Handbook of Social Audit some time ago ( supported by Save the Children )
  • They have a strong belief that SA/A is necessary as it makes development accountable and credible.
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SAN in the West Midlands facilitates a new ‘Social Value Practitioners Network’

SAN in the West Midlands facilitated a well attended meeting of social impact practitioners towards the end of December 2012. At the meeting there was strong support for establishing a Social Impact Measurement Network in the region under the banner of ‘Social Value West Midlands’. This will meet on a quarterly basis (the second meeting took place on 19 March 2013) and will focus on: keeping up to date with impact measurement developments (including inviting guest speakers), sharing knowledge, learning from other organisations about embedding impact measurement, recognising social impact expertise in the region.

Social Value West Midlands will engage practitioners of a range of frameworks and approaches, including Social Accounting & Audit, Social Return on Investment, Local Multiplier 3 etc. It will seek to tap into and influence established local and regional networks including housing associations, social enterprises, local authorities and voluntary sector councils.

Social Audit Network in the West Midlands (SAN WM), formerly known as West Midlands Social Accounting Cluster, has been working to promote the practice of social impact measurement in the West Midlands since 2003. Over the years we have held various events to introduce approaches to social impact measurement as well as looking at more specialised areas such as exploring how social economy organisations could understand and demonstrate their economic and environmental impacts.

Anyone interested in joining Social Value West Midlands should contact the SAN regional coordinator - contact details are provided below.

Iftikar Karim (on behalf of SAN West Midlands)

C/O All Saints Action Network, The Workspace, Wolverhampton WV2 1EL

T:  01902 877530  E: iftikar.k@asan.org.uk

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2013 Gathering and Networking Event April 19th


SAN is hosting a gathering for social economy practitioners interested in making social impact reporting work for them.

Our programme includes:

  • Contributions from Caroline Mason (Big Society Capital), Maggie O'Carroll, (The Women's Organisation), Kieron Kirkland (Nominet Trust) and Chris Dabbs, (Unlimited Potential)
  • Taster sessions on why and how to put Social Accounting & Audit in to practice
  • Networking opportunities with like-minded social entrepreneurs and community advocates


The programme has been designed to help you:

  • Consider whether your organisation should start social accounting
  • Understand more about the whole process of social accounting and audit
  • Hear from investors why social accounting and audit is important to them
  • Share in the experiences of other organisations


The cost of this full day event is £125 for non-members of SAN and £95 for SAN members. The cost INCLUDES a copy of Prove! Improve! Account! the Guide to Social Accounting and Audit (normally sold at £40 each).

SAN is pleased to announce that Big Society Capital will be providing a number of sponsored places at the event.

For further information, please see the SAN website or e-mail: info@socialauditnetwork.org.uk.

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Contacts and Coordinators

North East England

Julie Gowland

South East

Barbara Beaton

South Central England

Dave Furze

North West England

Liz Brooks Allen and Anne Lythgoe

West Midlands and East Midlands

Iftikar Karim (until June 2016) and Sean Smith

Yorkshire and Humber

Bernie Speight

South West England

Helen Vines

Northern Ireland

Peter MacCafferty