Circular for June 2013

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News and Developments

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Contacts & Coordinators

Social Audit Network June 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.

SAN's new Regional Co-ordinator for Yorkshire & Humber is Bernie Speight,


Bernie Speight tells us:

I have worked in the social economy most of my adult life following an upbringing in a local Co-op / activist family. I have set-up and managed social enterprises myself so have had to keep all those plates spinning myself. I have been self-employed for the last 5 years and deliver social / community enterprise development support, growth coaching, PD coaching as well as social accounting support / auditing.

I became interested in social accounting in 2000 when I worked for the Co-op and was involved in compiling the northern regions social report. In 2003 I attended a SAN social accounting workshop in Sheffield, which switch me on to the SAN methodology. I attended a SAN 'Masterclass' in Edinburgh May 2005 and SAN annual gatherings including the research project 'Really Telling Accounts'. I am currently SAN Co-ordinator for Yorkshire and Humber, so please get in touch.

SAN Social Auditor Murdoch Gatward's email address has changed to:


SAN Training

Bernie and Mary McGarry are planning to deliver a PIA workshop on 16th & 17th October 2013 in Leeds.

Bernie will also represent SAN at a Social Value Conference in Bradford on 11th July 2013 - where she is delivering a workshop on Social Accounting & decision making.

A further P.I.A. course is planned on Thurs/Fri 5th/6th September, in Newcastle upon Tyne. For further details, please contact the SAN office.

The two day Prove, Improve and Account (PIA) Workshop is aimed at people who wish to understand the Four Step social accounting process either in order to facilitate the process with social economy organisations or to use it within their own organisation. The cost will be £375 including a copy of the social accounting and audit guide & CD. (If you already have a manual & CD the cost is £350). The Workshop will go through the Four Step process in detail from the perspective of a facilitator/trainer

SAN’s new affiliated body based at the Manchester Equalities Hub, will be holding two awareness session and promotion/publicity events booked in over (1hr) lunch on 21st / 28th June at London Scottish House to introduce Social Value to the sector(s) across Manchester. SAN Director Anne Lythgoe will be supporting Equalities Hub colleagues to raise the profile of measuring social value through social accounting and audit. Six Hub colleagues have already completed PIA training and will be going on to support up to 12 other local social enterprises. For more information, please contact Mark Nesbitt

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Joining SAN

Details of how to join SAN are contained at we need people to get involved, at whatever level in SAN if we are to answer Chris Dabbs’ challenge from our Gathering and convince every commissioner, funder, grant-giver, policy-maker…. That the social accounting and audit framework is the most valuable, robust, effective and comprehensive way to measure true social, environmental and economic value in not-for-profit work.

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SAN in Korea (please note this has been translated from Korean…)

'Social Accounting' training has been held in Chungbuk, Seoul for more than 30 organisations. The event focussed on how social enterprises conduct business, and civic groups and activities for the value and effectiveness of the approach is a general representation of financial accounting. In particular, given the public interest in social activities, it looked at how the ripple effect could be quantified. The purpose of the public interest groups and to realise the economic and social activists was to release these social accounting training courses for the first half of '2013. The Courses were held this past April 29 to 30 in the Chungbuk, May 20 to 21 was conducted in each of the Seoul.

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Social Value Practitioners Networking Event

SAN in the West Midlands is pleased to announce that the next meeting of the West Midlands Social Value Practitioners Network will take place on 28th June in Birmingham at 2pm, Moseley Community Development Trust, Moseley Exchange,149-153, Alcester Road, Birmingham B13 8JP. The network meets on a quarterly basis and focuses on: keeping up to date with impact measurement developments (including inviting guest speakers), sharing knowledge, learning from other organisations about embedding impact measurement and recognising social impact expertise in the region.

The meeting will feature a case study presentation on the implementation of Local Multiplier 3*, by Moseley Community Development Trust and will also include:

  • Suitability of the approach and whether any improvements or refinements were identified
  • How the process and results of the LM3 were used and future plans in this area

To inform practical arrangements we would be grateful if you could confirm attendance and directions to the venue can be found on

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News and Developments

Applications for Social Incubator North are now open!

The first round applications for Social Incubator North close on 2 July, so get your forms in asap! For help and support please contact the North East Social Enterprise Partnership on 0191 427 2150 or or go to

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About Social Incubator North

Social Incubator Fund is Government initiative that offers investment, bespoke business support and access to expertise to grow entrepreneurial ideas into glorious fruition. Its aim is to nurture social businesses from a grassroots level.

Social Incubator North received just over £1m from the UK-wide £10m Social Incubator Fund from the Big Lottery Fund on behalf of the Office for Civil Society. This was match funded by the delivery partners to create a total fund of just over £2m.

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SAN Gathering

Go to the SAN website for more information about the recent gathering in Liverpool, where presentations and papers are available to download…

Next year’s Gathering has been provisionally booked for Newcastle Business School on Friday 4th April, 2014.

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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