Circular for June 2014
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Contacts & Coordinators
Now is the time to join the Social Audit Network!
Become a member of one of the well established social value measurement networks across the UK and internationally. Get competitive advantage in your future tender submissions and access to the experience of organisations measuring their social, environmental and economic impact across the world.
SAN Membership also entitles you to discounted fees for SAN training and our annual Conference (the discount per person for members at the 2014 Conference was £50), and discounts on purchases of the SAN Guide Prove, Improve Account.
From April 1st 2014, the Social Audit Network has three categories of Ordinary Membership:
- Individual Membership (at a cost of £65 / year)
- UK based voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations (not for profit) employing less than 20 people (at a cost of £120 / year)
- Other organisations, private, public sector, larger enterprises (at a cost of £250 / year)
Individual membership only gives discounts for one person at SAN events, but Organisational membership covers all your employees and qualifies for discounts for all staff. Please download a membership form at http://www.socialauditnetwork.org.uk/join-us/join-our-email-newsletter/
and return your completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that all Social Auditors must have their own Social Auditor membership, even if they work for an organisation which is also a SAN member. Auditor membership is like individual membership and other staff in your employing organisation do not qualify for discounted rates.
For overseas organisations, please contact the SAN office to discuss possible affiliation to SAN, which will allow you to use SAN materials in your own country, translate the Guide, etc, in accordance with a formal affiliation agreement. For UK based organisations, we will also be happy to discuss use of SAN training materials on payment for intellectual copyright. Again, please contact the SAN office for more details.
People Help People’s Introduction
Yorkshire and Humber - Bernadette Speight is running the People Help People’s introduction to social value morning event at SHINE in Leeds on 6th June for Private Sector SME's, who are suppliers to Leeds City Council & Housing Associations in the city.
She is also leading a day Introduction to Social Value & Social Accounting 16th June in Leeds on behalf of the School for Social Entrepreneurs.
18th July will see the Social Enterprise Yorkshire and Humber Social Value - One Year On Conference in Leeds. Further details shortly. Following this Conference, it is hoped to run a Prove, Improve, Account course in the Autumn.
For more information, contact Bernie - email@example.com @Birstalllass
Visit to SAN India
In early May I was fortunate to be invited by SAN India to visit them in Chennai.
SAN India was set up by the Centre for Social Initiative and Management (CSIM) with support from CBS Network and SAN UK. CSIM is an Indian non-governmental organisation with offices across India. There has recently been a resurgence of interest in Social Accounting and Audit ever since the Indian Government has decreed that 2% of every companies’ net profit should be allotted to corporate social responsibility in some form. Many businesses and social enterprises are keen to acquire ways in which social impact can be measured and assessed.
I arrived early on a Sunday morning, stepped off a plane and was hit by warm humid air which contrasted to the wet wind of Edinburgh. During my stay I supported the delivery of a two-day workshop attended by 30 participants from different parts of India - all of them interested in keeping social accounts within their own organisations. For the rest of the week I facilitated a learning session with the three SAN-approved Social Auditors from different parts of India and other members of CSIM staff, met with social investment organisations, universities and the British Council.
India is a hugely complex and intriguing country and I felt pleased and privileged to have visited it, renewed old friendships and helped others to get to grips with some of the issues surrounding social enterprise and how they explain the change that results from what they do....
I returned to Edinburgh's chill - but heartened by the enterprise, excitement and ambition of some of India's social and community enterprises.
Thrive! Introduction to Social Enterprise
Shared Future CIC http://www.sharedfuturecic.org.uk has contacted SAN: Following on for our well received evaluation training (on today, fully booked and re-running on the 8th July)… I wondered if you would be able to circulate information on our next event to your networks and contacts. Thrive! Introduction to Social Enterprise is running on the 19th of June.
Full details can be accessed via the link here:
Adrian Ashton annual social impact report
Adrian Ashton has recently published his annual impact report on my activities as a freelance consultant (still the only one in the world to do so), and in keeping with SAA principles, always open about asking stakeholders to suggest additional measures to be included...
on-line at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/222041673/Adrian-Ashton-Social-Impact-Report-2013-4-Publication
Social Enterprise UK health and social value programme
Looking to provide more social value in your health and care commissioning and delivery?
Applications are now open for the second round of our health and social value programme.
Funded by the Department for Health the programme provides free bespoke support for areas to implement the Public Services (Social Value) Act though collaboration between the public sector and local voluntary and community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in the arena of health and care commissioning and delivery.
To date the programme has worked with four CCGs and local authorities across the UK, supporting them and the local VCSE sector to agree social value priorities and to embed them into their commissioning and procurement frameworks.
Those who participated in the 2013-2014 programme said:
‘We’ve really valued the opportunity to sit around the table with commissioners and providers and collectively agree social value priorities.’
‘It has helped bring together bits of work that were already going on, but we wouldn’t have got where we are today without being involved in the programme’
The four areas of the country involved in the first round of this programme – Salford, Halton, Milton Keynes and Calderdale – all met recently in Manchester to compare notes. Much progress is already being made, with commitment in all areas from local authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups and the local voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. Salford and Halton are working on Social Value Charters for their area, Calderdale is looking at ‘standards of social value’ so that providers have some guidance and targets for their social value measurement, and Milton Keynes is building a strong social enterprise-led group which is looking at how best to measure social value.
It’s all exciting – and cutting edge stuff. SAN has offered support to the programme, and is already providing training in Salford for local VCSE organisations around evaluation and measuring social value.
The Social Enterprise Awards are back
The Social Enterprise Awards are back to celebrate the pioneering work of Britain’s growing social enterprise movement.
Now in their 16th year, the awards recognise organisations for their business excellence and contribution to society, as well as the achievements of people working at the heart of the social enterprise sector.
New categories this year include a Women’s Champion and Inspiring Youth Enterprise.
The awards are open to social enterprises and include specific awards that investors, corporates, public sector bodies and charities may also apply for. All categories are open to organisations from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Applications close on Friday 11th July 2014.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has launched its report entitled "Tackling Poverty through Public Procurement" and written by Richard Macfarlane, with Anthony Collins Solicitors. The national launch took place at the Foundation’s London headquarters on 28 April 2014. A series of further regional launches will commence with an event on 23 June 2014 in the new Library of Birmingham, which itself is a key case study in Macfarlane’s report. The report is launched in Scotland on 10th June.
The national launch event was chaired by Chris White MP, the author of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012. Mark Cook, partner at Anthony Collins and author of the Guide sat on the panel at the event, which also consisted of Shilpi Akbar of Birmingham City Council and Simon Dingle from Carillion who discussed positive experiences of improving youth employability during the build of the new Birmingham Library, as well as Richard Macfarlane who gave a presentation on the report.
The Report and its accompanying Legal Guide were well received by those attending, not least by Chris White who described the Report as “revolutionary in its ideas” and said that the approach championed by Mark Cook and Richard Macfarlane represented “a culture shift in the way we do business”.
It was agreed by delegates that there was a growing commitment in the public sector to ensuring social value through procurement, but that still more could be achieved. Addressing this issue, Mark Cook referred to the law in this area saying he was “not sure enough people know they have permission to require social value through the use of public contracts.” He explained that the firm’s new guide should reassure any contracting authorities still in doubt that not only do domestic and European procurement laws enable them to insist on social value from contractors, but in some cases require it of them.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is committed to use the Report as the starting point for on-going discussions with politicians and civil servants with the aim of effecting change in central and local government.
Anthony Collins Solicitors is similarly committed to helping to maximise the potential for social value through their contracts, which is why it has made its Legal Guide freely available for download here.
For more information
If you would like to discuss any of the issues set out in this briefing and the attached guide, please email Mark Cook (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Gayle Monk (email@example.com) or telephone them on 0121 212 7472.
For further discussion of this report and its launch event, can be found by following the below external links:
PIA Workshop in Wolverhampton
REPORT ON YOUR SOCIAL VALUE & IMPACT
Booking now open for the Prove Improve and Account Social Accounting Workshop at The Workspace, Wolverhampton 16-17 July. The 2 day course covers the steps required to produce a set of social accounts reporting on the social, environmental and economic performance of your organisation.
The workshop is of particular relevance to social enterprises and other third sector organisations who want to learn how to report on their social value and impact.
The cost include including a copy of the Prove Improve and Account Guide and CD costs £375 (£350 for those who already have a copy of the guide).
Call the SAN office for more information and booking on 0151 706 8121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org