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Social Audit Network November 2016

North West Roadshow – Manchester 11th November 2016


Thank you to everyone who came along to the first SAN Roadshow. Held at the 42nd Street Young People’s charity in Manchester, the event attracted people from voluntary organisations, social enterprises, local authorities, private sector and the police. Delegates learned more about social accounting in practice, hearing from our new Chair, Matthew Lanham, who is CEO of the Neuro Muscular Centre (NMC) in Winsford, Cheshire. Matthew described 10 years of experience of social accounting and impact measurement with NMC, and how this has transformed the organisation, as well as trebling its turnover!

We also heard from Colette Humphrey of Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, who described how she had persevered with colleagues to produce their first Social Impact report this year.

Alison Jones of Salford CVS then described the work to bring social accounting to small organisations in Salford, and used cutlery to demonstrate how hard it is to know and measure what’s best in terms of ‘social value’.

The Roadshow provided a great chance to meet and network with others who are considering social accounting and audit in their own organisations, as well as to meet SAN Directors and auditors. We have further Roadshow events planned, but if you’d like to hold one in your area, please email Anne Lythgoe ( to make arrangements – we’ll bring SAN to you – all you need to do is provide a room and help us to attract people along!

The half day Road Show is aimed at anyone who is interested in finding out more about social accounting and audit; as a way of measuring social value, improving your business practices, and being accountable to your investors, funders and commissioners. The SAN methodology is particularly aimed at organisations operating in the social economy – voluntary, community and social enterprise – SMEs wishing to develop their purposeful business or public sector organisations wanting to be more accountable for social value. Our Road Show would also be useful for people who are working to advise and support others around social value and impact.


SAN Blogs


Alan Kay continues to write a series of thought-provoking blogs. His latest blog is called ‘Social impact: should we be talking process or product?’

I was reminded recently of the story about Jason and his quest for the Golden Fleece.  It is the well-known story of a young man with a goal in mind but in order to achieve that end, he has a long, challenging and arduous journey.   It was an adventure, and throughout the journey Jason grew as a person, became wiser, tackled problems and overcame obstacles.  Although the final product was obtaining a prize, the process involved in trying to attain the prize was equally important.

The lesson learned from this story being…

The series of blogs can be found at SAN’s wordpress site: The next blog will come from guest author, Anne Lythgoe, and will explore the role of social accounting in devolution, based no doubt in her hands on experiences in Greater Manchester.

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Funding for social accounting and audit

SAN has been looking into ways to bring in additional resources for your organisation to help you with your social accounting and audit.

Several universities in the UK have student placement schemes, many focussing on social enterprise. The University of Birmingham recently advertised for social enterprises to take part in the Enterprising Internships programme. The University is working with Santander to offer social enterprises in the West Midlands the chance to benefit from the support of a talented student in the summer of 2017.

If you have a short term project or piece of research that you would like to complete but struggle to find the time or capacity for, then an Enterprising Internship could be the answer. The student will be paid directly by the University via Santander and projects will last one month (20 days). Projects can take place from June 2017 onwards.

Salford Business School has a series of placements and internships. The School is always on the look out for businesses to work with. Contact the Employability Hub, email or go to for more information.

In terms of money, the following UK wide programme all include provision for measuring social impact:

The Big Lottery -

Power to Change Community Business Fund -

Esme Fairbairn -

Rank Foundation -

Lloyds Bank Foundation -

GSK Impact Awards -

Paul Hamlyn Foundation -

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International SAN

SAN Australia

The Mercury Centre Cooperative Ltd in Sydney, Australia is a collaborative, social enterprise catalyst working with organisations and communities to build sustainable enterprises and equitable wealth. Mercury provides a range of programs including consultancy, research, information, training and resourcing services.

Mercury has a long term association with social and ethical accounting frameworks in Australia and is now working to re-generate Social Accounting and Audit (SAA) in Australia.  Mercury is establishing an “Associates” network to develop, promote and enable training for practitioners and assisting community organisations to adopt SAA, while administering processes for the accreditation and assessment of SAA reporting.

In achieving this, Mercury plans to become the network leader for readily accessible and affordable SAA in Australia. Mercury with its associates will manage the development, start-up, growth and structural support for SAA across the country, combined with a strong commitment to SAA values.

Mercury is developing links with SAA practitioners in other parts of the world and has joined SAN UK as a formal “sister organisation”.

There are many good reasons why SAA will add considerable value to the growth and performance of the social economy in Australia and Mercury sees itself as being at the forefront of this important social development.

SAN Australia - please visit the Mercury website  for more information and contact details.

Note: Australian SAA training will commence in early 2017.

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SAN training

SAN is pleased to announce that it will hold two new dates for its Prove, Improve, Account two-day intensive workshops in social accounting and audit. These will take place in Liverpool and Edinburgh, and further details can be found at or by emailing

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.

Liverpool: 10th and 11th January 2017, at 54 St James Street, Liverpool, L1 0AB. Please book a place for this training at Eventbrite:

Edinburgh: 28th February and 1st March 2017. The venue for this course has not yet been agreed. If you are interested in attending, please complete the registration form (free of charge) at Eventbrite:

Once the venue is confirmed, we will ask you to confirm your booking and make payment.

SAN has also formed a new training partnership with Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO) and is currently lining up dates with them.

The first Introduction to Social Accounting and Audit Masterclass to be held on 23rd November at GMCVO’s St Thomas Centre on Ardwick Green in Manchester, is now fully booked.

We are now planning a second course in early 2017 – for further details and the event registration form can be found from GMCVO at

The Social Enterprise Academy is planning to run Measuring Social Impact days in Scotland.  The dates for these introductory events in social impact measurement have been confirmed as:

  • 21st February 2017 in Bathgate;
  • 14th March 2017 in Aberdeen; and
  • 11th April 2017 in Edinburgh.

Click here for further information.

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Other news

Wythenshawe Community Housing Group has recently published its new Social Impact report. The report and our methodology are at

Colette Humphrey, Social Impact Officer at WCHG told SAN that she is ‘constantly looking to improve what and how we measure this and have more plans for the year ahead; all feedback and ideas welcome’. Colette shared some of her experiences at the SAN Roadshow recently in Manchester and is now working with SAN to develop her SAA methodology.

SAN will be leading a discussion at the Social Value UK Members Exchange 2016, a chance for members of the social value community to come together and share best practice, discuss ideas and drive innovation in the sector. The event will be a mixture of round table discussion groups and smaller break out presentations from Social Value UK members.

Attendance is open to all individual and organisational members of Social Value UK and Social Value International. Tickets are only valid with a current membership.

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Feedback from this event will feature in our next newsletter

Social Enterprise UK is marking Social Enterprise Day:

Social enterprises can be found in nearly every sector and industry. Yet it’s often the case that people are unaware of the fact that the products and services they're buying are from businesses that are helping to change people's lives and improve local communities.

The #whoknew campaign to mark Social Enterprise Day on 17th November, is designed to shine a spotlight on the diversity of the sector and gives social enterprises the chance to shout out loud about the ground breaking work they do.

It's easy to get involved and a great way to promote what you have found from your social accounting! Social Enterprise UK has told SAN:

Print off a #whoknew sign which is available to download here. You can type short messages on them. For example:

#whoknew My Housing Association was supporting tenants back into employment 

#whoknew My dental surgery was providing outreach services to the homeless in my community 

Then tweet them on any day from the 14th to 17th November with the hashtags #whoknew #SocialEnterpriseDay and tag us @SocialEnt_UK (along with the organisation you're tweeting about if it's not yours).

Social Enterprise UK has also just announced the next Social Value Summit: London 8th February

SEUK’s flagship social value conference, it’s UK’s biggest, most expansive conference on social value. An excellent learning and networking opportunity, this will be the 4th Social Value Summit since the Public Services (Social Value) Act was passed and an ideal time to look emerging best practice for implementation and measurement. Tickets will be on sale soon. If you would like to register your interest in the event please email Nancy Towers at SEUK.

The Office for Civil Society in England (formerly part of the Cabinet Office) is publishing a series of case studies about measuring social value. The first study from the Social Value Implementation and Measurement Project has been published – Measuring the benefits and impact of social value: the Prince's Trust and Salford City Council

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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