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Social Audit Network February 2014

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 gathering 2013/14


The 2014 SAN Gathering will be held in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Hosted by Newcastle University Business School, the Gathering will include opportunities to learn about social accounting, network with other organizations and hear keynote speeches around how your organization can show that it is really ‘Making a Difference’.

Newcastle University Business School
5 Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SE
Friday 4th April 2014

Speakers will include:

  • Prof Tony Chapman (Durham University)
  • Chi Onwurah MP
  • Prof John Wilson (Newcastle University Business School)
  • Tris Lumley (New Philanthropy Capital)

Find out more below SAN gathering 2013/14

Interested in becoming a social auditor?


There are a few places left on SAN’s next social auditor workshop, which will be held in London on 6th March in London 
The cost is £125
For more information and bookings, please contact Sandra at the Social Audit Network on 0151 706 8121 or email:


New regional co-ordinator for Northern Ireland

SAN has a new regional co-ordinator for Northern Ireland - Peter MacCafferty, who can be contacted at

Peter’s recent work includes taster sessions on Social Impact using the SAA model and showing how the Social Impact Tracker is a digital tool that would capture/report on this data. He has also been working on a programme called ‘Self-Impact’ that follows the principles of SAA and takes a cradle to grave approach i..e, Learn, Apply, Support, Report, Review. Peter is about to begin a series of new developments on Social Impact Tracker that is being funded by Invest NI. The first contact for people in Northern Ireland interested in social accounting and audit, should be Peter.

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Prezi about social accounting and audit

Patrick Boase ( ) has developed a Prezi about social accounting and audit. It is free to download and can be accessed at:


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Social Accounting and Audit in Australia

On the move towards broader measures than SROI, Katherine Gibson (from the University of Western Sydney) – author of the just released, excellent book called “Take Back the Economy” - is working on what she is relating as CEROI – “The Community Economy Return On Investment” (CEROI) which is being designed to overcome the issue that the corporate sector appears to have taken over the SROI field in Australia.
This will cover:

  • Increased well-being
  • Reduced ecological footprint
  • Increased collectively controlled surplus
  • Increased ethical trade
  • Expanded commons

SAN’s Alan Kay has commented ‘I think there may be an increasing recognition that the 'economy' should serve ' the people' and not the other way about which seems to benefit the folk holding the reins of economic power at the moment.
It sometimes seems to me that we are going a full circle and almost returning to the very early work on 'social audit' back in 1989. This was where the identified objectives for community business were then analysed in terms of their value to society...
However, I am becoming more and more convinced that social enterprise should not be looking at social, environmental and economic impact (the widely accepted triple bottom line) - instead it should be considering economic activities as a means to an end and not an end in itself. This is, I believe, why we have got into a confused mess over SROI with 'financialisation' and 'contributions to the economy' etc....

Instead of economic, the third impact should be 'culture' - or more accurately the relationships and norms in society. This means that social enterprise is trying to benefit people, the planet and the existing injustices in current society. I wrote a discussion paper on this a while ago and also included it in a more recent 'Guide to Social Enterprise Planning' (click here).
Concerning CEROI and how this relates - I think the 1st and 2nd objectives relate to 'social' and 'environmental' while the 3rd, 4th and 5th relate to 'how things are done fairly' which suits snugly under 'cultural'...

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SAN in Eastern Europe

SAN was invited to take part in two Conferences on 9th December 2013 in Zagreb and Tuzla, Bosnia Herzegovina on 11th December2013

The Croatian conference - Social Entrepreneurship Innovation and Development - included representatives from Vern University, CEDRA (a network of regional organisations throughout Croatia), local NGOs and Social Enterprise Europe and discussed innovative approaches to the development of social entrepreneurship and creating employment in Croatia.

Organised by The Human Rights NGO, The Tuzla conference was based on a similar theme with delegates from several Western Balkans countries including Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia, sharing different models and best practices of social enterprises. SAN presented information on social accounting and audit and facilitated a workshop exploring reporting on social impact.

Whilst in Croatia, SAN met with representatives of ACT, a co-operative based in Čakovec, 100km north of Zagreb, who had undertaken social accounting training in London in November 2011 to discuss their social accounting report and the development of social accounting and audit in Croatia.

The Ministry of Labour and Pensions in Croatia and several delegates at the Tuzla expressed interest in examining social accounting and audit as a method of reporting on social impact. It is hoped that some of them will attend the SAN Annual Gathering/Conference in April 2014.



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Social Accounting on You Tube

Westwhitlawburn Housing Co-operative have published their social accounts as a You Tube video – to view it go to

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Other news

In 2014, the Social Economy Alliance will be asking you to feed in to our manifesto that sets out our sector’s top social and economic policy recommendations for the next Government.

The Alliance is campaigning for policies that put power in the hands of people, foster bottom-up economic growth and support advances in the UK’s thriving social sector. Our work is focused on six key themes; from community energy to housing, from business to public services - you can find out more about our approach on our website.

The consultation process will take place in the first few months of 2014. Your feedback will be gathered by our team and help influence our final manifesto. There are two immediate ways for you to get involved.

Open mic events

In Bristol and Manchester, we’ll be hosting open mic events. These are your soapbox moment – an opportunity to tell the Alliance what you think are the most pressing social and economic issues that must be addressed ahead of the 2015 election. At the same time we’ll be tackling the local elections, and what you can do in your local area.

We'll be joined by guest speakers and opinion formers from the social and economic arenas and will hold campaign workshops on how to engage with local politicians and the media.

More details will be released in the new year, but for now, please put the dates in your diary and register on our website.

Take part online

If you're unable to attend our open mic events, you can be involved by registering your interest online. When our consultation period begins, we'll get in touch and ask you to take part by answering some short questions.

Event details

Manchester – GMCVO, 2pm – 5pm, 25th March

Bristol – Conference Hall, Bristol City Hall, 1.30pm – 4.30pm

We look forward to seeing you at our events and hope that together we can build an economy that is better for people and planet.

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Pioneers Post

SAN is following the Pioneers Post and was interested to read the recent article by Freer Spreckley - click here for more details

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SAN in the West Midlands Introductory Social Value Workshops

The 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 their economic and environmental impacts.

SAN WM has developed a programme of free half day workshops which aim to help participants from social economy organisations to increase their understanding of:

  • The Social Value Act
  • The importance and purpose of measuring and reporting on social, environmental and economic value
  • Simple, practical ways to measure their social value
  • Some of the major frameworks and tools used to demonstrate social, environmental and economic value added including outcomes stars, social accounting & social return on investment
  • How to use and present the data collected

The first workshop will be held on the morning of Wednesday 19th March 2014, in Central Coventry (The Pod, 1a Lamb Street, Coventry, CV1 4AE). The Workshop will be facilitated by SAN trained social auditors. Anyone interested in attending or learning more about the event should contact the SAN regional coordinator: Iftikar Karim via .

A second workshop is being planned for 18th June 2014 and will be held in Worcestershire or Shropshire. SAN WM is keen to hear from local agencies or organisations with whom we could jointly convene the workshop. Anyone interested in attending the event should get in touch to enable us to gauge interest.

Finally, delivery of ‘Prove, Improve & Account’ social accounting and audit training is being planned for 16 & 17 July 2014 in Wolverhampton and anyone interested in joining the training should contact to register their interest.

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SAN gathering 2013/14

The 2014 SAN Gathering will be held in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Hosted by Newcastle University Business School, the Gathering will include opportunities to learn about social accounting, network with other organizations and hear keynote speeches around how your organization can show that it is really ‘Making a Difference’.

Newcastle University Business School
5 Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SE
Friday 4th April 2014

Speakers will include:

  • Prof Tony Chapman (Durham University)
  • Chi Onwurah MP
  • Prof John Wilson (Newcastle University Business School)
  • Tris Lumley (New Philanthropy Capital)


To book your place, contact the SAN office or go to the SAN website SAN is grateful to Newcastle University Business School, Gentoo Housing, the Unity Trust Bank, The Co-op Group, the Northern Rock Foundation and Co-op North East for their support and sponsorship of this event which will allow SAN to be able to offer a number of bursaries to social economy organisations – contact the SAN office for more details.

The event will be supported by Hannabiell & Midnight Blue, a high energy ensemble which fuses together Afro-Caribbean & Latin percussion, Jazz, Afro-beat, Funk, and Reggae to create their unique sound. It has been described by London based vintage afro-vinyl collector Volta 45 as "Afro-psychedelic funk". The music has created a buzz in the North East of England performing at venues such as the Sage Gateshead, The Journal Tyne Theater, The Cluny, The Queens Hall Art Centre in Hexham, Northern Stage, Star & Shadow Cinema, Live Theatre and many more. They have also performed at other venues nationally like Livebox at the Hare & Hound-Birmingham, Jazz Refreshed-London, The Hagglers Corner-Sheffield and Brass Festival-Durham.

Hannabiell & Midnight Blue is committed to playing music that aid in breaking down personal and cultural barriers. The ensemble's diverse membership is a direct reflection of it's diverse fan base and audience attendance. The performances never fail to convey the band’s passion for equality and social change and believes that “The power to unite humanity and make peace rests within art forms that break stereotypes and brings diverse communities together.” -Hannabiell Sanders


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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