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Social Audit Network January 2017

SAN is coming to Stockport…

Social Audit Network Road Show event - 17th March 2017

Hosted by Give2Gain Community, 48 Middle Hillgate, Stockport, SK1 3DL

This 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.


Event fee: £45 (SAN members £25)

To make a booking, please use our Eventbrite page:

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There will be opportunities to meet and network with other folk who are interested in social accounting and audit, and measuring social value. Please do bring any case studies, promotional materials, social accounts, business cards, questions and challenges with you to share!

Should you have any queries, please email

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SAN News

SAN is updaing its website resource of information for everyone interested in social accoutning and audit:

Examples of social accounts / reports on SAN website here:

Also check out some recent social reports from organisations’ own websites:

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SAN Blog


This month, the SAN guest blog has been written by Sean Smith – A Flexible Approach to Reporting on Social Impact 

‘In the last 10 years or so, numerous organisations have been set up to provide toolkits and offer support and advice on producing social impact reports.  The Social Value Act (SVA) 2012 was like an injection of steroids into the sector and we now probably have more organisations offering consultancy and information than we can usefully make sense of.

For many organisations seeking to report on their social purpose there is now a bewildering array of options to choose from – making it difficult to see the wood for the trees. The SVA and recent procurement policy guidance requires organisations to demonstrate their social value as well as reporting on their financial capability.

In terms of finding a suitable approach to reporting on social value and impact, it seems to me that there are a few fundamental questions to ask;

  • What is the purpose of producing a social impact report?
  • Who is going to see it and what use can they make of it?
  • Does it need to be complex or could it be done relatively simply?
  • What detail is needed to satisfy the stakeholders?


To carry on reading this blog and find out the answers to these questions, click at SAN’s wordpress site: 

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International SAN

NEW SAN Chapter - Korea


SAN is delighted to officially welcome SAN Korea as its newest international sister organisations and looks forward to working more closely with Korea in the future.

Further information can be found at their website -

(Please note that this is a Korean website – we hope to be able to provide updates from SAN Korea shortly, in English)


Australia and India – now working more closely together

Congratulations to Dr Gavin Melles

The Australia India Institute is pleased to announce the second-round awardees of the Chingari Small Grants Scheme. The initiative was launched by the Institute earlier this year to support projects, research collaborations or events that require funds between $1,000(AUD) and $5,000(AUD).

Recipient: Dr Gavin Melles - Swinburne University of Technology

Project: Social enterprise in India and Australia has emerged as a vehicle for addressing poverty and livelihoods in environments of government, philanthropic and market failure. A recent issue in both countries is how to measure social impact of third sector organisations in transparent ways. In contrast to other approaches, the SAN Network (UK & India) promotes social accounting and audit (SAA) approach. This project is a comparative case study of ten organisations – document and interview analysis - who have recently conducted a social audit. The project examines the challenges and benefits of social accounting in the Indian context of social enterprise.

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SAN training

LEAN Prove, Improve, Account Workshop: Intro to Social Accounting & Audit – hosted by Edinburgh Friends Meeting House

Tue 28 February 2017 10:00 – 16:30

The Social Audit Network (SAN) is delighted to announce this learning event.

If you are interested in attending, please complete the registration form by following the green link to tickets. Once the venue is confirmed, we will ask you to confirm your booking and make payment.

This one day workshop will introduce you to the essentials of:

•          Social Accounting and Audit as a way of assessing and reporting on social impact

•          Embedding sound monitoring systems

•          'Proving' the difference that your organisation makes

Presented at pace but in a discursive style, the workshop will show you how to build social accounting from what you already do, and understand the main steps involved in social accounting and audit.

Using examples from other organisations, it will help you to see how others have started social accounting and support you to introduce it into your work.

Each participant will be provided with some of the essential materials needed to start social accounting using the SAN methodology. This includes the current Guide to Social Accounting and Audit with CD/memory stick which is worth £40.

Facilitator: Alan Kay (SAN Director)


Booking at


Back to back GMCVO Masterclass training – Social Accounting (morning) and Promoting your social value (afternoon). Hosted by GMCVO, St Thomas Centre, Manchester.

GMCVO is still booking for 2 Masterclass training courses:

Introduction to Social Accounting and Audit Masterclass - Register Your Interest - February 2017

This half day masterclass will introduce you to the essentials of:

•          Social Accounting and Audit as a way of measuring and assessing social impact

•          Embedding sound monitoring systems

•          'Proving' the difference that your organisation makes

Presented at pace but in a discursive style, the masterclass will show you how to build social accounting from what you already do, and understand the main steps involved in social accounting and audit.

Using examples from other organisations, it will help you to see how others have started social accounting and support you to introduce it into your work.

Each participant will be provided with some of the essential materials needed to start social accounting using the SAN methodology.


Promoting Your Social Value, Social Impact and Social Accounting Masterclass - Register Your Interest - February 2017

This training course is designed to demonstrate the added benefits that promoting your social value, for example through impact reports or social accounting, can bring.

Make sure that you don’t just do the hard graft and that you also enjoy the added profile, publicity and increasing partnership and funding opportunities, as well as contributing to the growth, status and profile of social value itself!


Participants will be asked to complete a form the week before the course detailing:

•          Yourself and your organisation

•          Where you are up to in the social value/impact and social accounting process

•          What experience you’ve had with promoting stories to date

•          Particular concerns with regard to this – risks, stories backfiring,

•          Bring along stories used and seen – which will be referred to in the session.

Learning outcomes:

•          Understand the added value that promoting social accounting can bring

•          Know how to identify appropriate stories and media, knowing how to time a story and how to prepare those involved

•          To be prepared for following up media stories, for making the best use of coverage and exposure, as well as understanding potential risks and pitfalls

•          Making the best use of partners, working with others for wider promotion.

•          To have learnt and shared from and with others in the sector, and to have an understanding of the wider peer group responsibilities and benefits of promoting social accounting as a whole.


Both of the above Manchester courses are at the St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester. M12 6FZ


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.


SAN is also pleased to announce training partnerships with Bolton CVS and Bradford CVS – if you are interested in these opportunities and your organisation is based in these areas, please contact the local CVS:

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Publishing your Social Accounts


Would you like your Social Accounts or Impact Report to be as good as those produced by the Neuro Muscular Centre?

SAN is now working with NMC Design and Print to promote access to their services for our members and friends…


NMC Design and Print is a vibrant and commercially successful Social Enterprise based in Winsford, Cheshire, providing a Design and Print service run by, and employing, designers with muscular dystrophy.

Established 20 years ago, they have a reputation for producing innovative and creative solutions for all design and print requirements at highly competitive rates – including social accounts. Amongst their clients are – The National Council for Palliative Care, The NHS, BAM Nuttall, Roberts Bakery, Cheshire Fire, Essential Cuisine and, of course, the NeuroMuscular Centre.

All profits made by NMC Design+Print go towards the running costs of The NeuroMuscular Centre to improve the lives of young people and adults with MD.

For more information, contact Alison Evans at

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Other news

Brexit, co-operatives and Sunderland…

SAN colleague, Mark Saddington, writes a new blog from the City of Sunderland…


Greater Manchester

The Greater Manchester Social Value Network (GMSVN) seeks to influence stakeholders, policy and strategy at the GM level around social value. The Network undertakes three activities:

  1. It collects information, evidence and examples of social value across Greater Manchester;
  2. It supports organisations across all sectors to deliver more effective social value policy, practice and outcomes;
  3. It uses the skills and knowledge of the network to influence the behaviour of the range of individuals and organisations with a stake in social value.

GMSVN Website

GMSVN website can be viewed at: The website provides: information about the network; cases studies of practice around social value in Greater Manchester; information about our events; and provides link to news and resources around social value. We welcome blog articles, case studies, and news for the website.

GMSVN Linked-In Group

We also have a Linked-In group,, where people can connect with others with an interest in social value and discuss issues.   Please join!

The Network

The steering group of GMSVN consists of ten people (more information in the about section The role of the steering group, which meets on a bi-monthly basis, is to make the network thrive through: visioning, influencing, planning, coordinating, and evaluating. Over 125 people form part of the wider network.

Case Studies

GMSVN has developed and continues to develop case studies of practice around social value in Greater Manchester. There are case studies for BAM Construct UK and New Charter Homes on our website on the dedicated case studies page,, with more to follow. Please send us case studies to include.

Also in Greater Manchester, the local Chamber of Commerce has recently published an article about social value from Manchester City Council -



Good to see CLES’s work featured in this Guardian article -


Impact Management Programme

This is your chance to lobby for support for your Social Accounting and Audit – attend a series of free workshops as part of the Impact Management Programme will explore how you might already be managing your impact and run some exercises to help you improve. 

18 January, Liverpool

21 February, Plymouth

22 February, York

7 March, Ipswich

For more information visit the website or follow on Twitter @Access_Impact for the latest news.


Social Value UK

Yesterday SVUK launched the Members Exchange Series, a collection of blogs from members, inspired by conversations at the Members Exchange 2016. The introductory post can be found here and the series will continue each Monday for the next few weeks with contributions from HACT, Sinzer, Cogent Ventures and more. We would really appreciate it if you could share these on your social media channels using the hashtag #svmembersblogs.

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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