Circular for July 2011

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News and Developments

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Contacts & Coordinators

Social Audit Network July 2011

Welcome to the July 2011 edition of the SAN circular newsletter, which as usual features news of social accounting activity from around the world. Our last newsletter contained a report of work in Nepal – this edition describes interest from South Korea. Read on for a report on the recent Prove, Improve and Account workshop in London.

Following the publication of the Guide earlier this year, the SAN training portfolio has now been expanded to include the following:

Prove, Improve and Account (PIA) - 2 days – covering aspects of social accounting and audit (SAA)
Measuring Social Impact (MSI) - 1 day - aspects of SAA and social return on investment (SROI)
Introduction to SAA - 0.5 days – brief introduction
Training the Trainers - 1 day - focusing on the delivery of the PIA workshop to others

If you are interested in any of the above, please contact your Regional co-ordinator (list at the end of this newsletter) or the SAN office in Wolverhampton.

In Scotland, Social Impact Scotland is a portal offering access to information, resources and support for third sector organisations, funders, and public sector commissioners interested in finding out more about social impact measurement. This website is the legacy of the Scottish SROI project, which has been expanded to include other tools such as SAA. See stop press for more information and the web link.

Continuing in our series of introductions to new SAN Board members, included in this newsletter is a short pen picture of Lisa McMullan from the Women's Organisation in north-west England.

Finally, as interest across the world grows in accounting for social value, please remember to send your social accounting and audit news to Anne Lythgoe


Lisa McMullan

lisamcm.jpgAs Development Manager, Lisa works across The Women's Organisation's sites in Liverpool and Manchester, developing projects and partnerships at local, national and international levels.

Lisa has a wealth of experience in women's enterprise support and European projects, built throughout her career, initially as a Business Advisor and Trainer, at local enterprise agencies and Business Link Merseyside. From here she joined Liverpool City Council to manage an ESF project to support women's entrepreneurship that went on to be selected as a model of good practice by the European Commission.
Following this, Lisa became a self employed Business Advisor & Economic Development Consultant, successfully delivering contracts in the fields of women's enterprise, European project management and evaluation.

Lisa has worked with and supported The Women's Organisation [formerly Train 2000] since its inception as a partner, associate and as a Manager, working to ensure contracts were delivered successfully and quality services were provided for women entrepreneurs.

She has also worked in EU programme management, spending for 2 years in the Managing Authority for the Northern Ireland / Ireland ERDF INTERREG programmes before returning to the North West to take up her most recent position at The Women's Organisation.

Lisa has over 10 years experience of social accounting and audit, having gained accreditation in 2000. Since then she has prepared social accounts for Train 2000, assisted and delivered training to a wide range of community based organisations across the UK to support them with their own social accounting and audit processes. Lisa is an experienced social audit panel Chair and is working with Social Audit Forum Nepal to develop its own guide to social accounting and audit.
Lisa has a Masters Degree in Entrepreneurship from Stirling University.
0161 833 8800 / 0151 706 8111
0754 511 1504

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ho_yun.jpgImagine the surprise at the London Prove, Improve and Account (PIA) Workshop recently (25-26 May) when one of the participants announced that he had just flown in from Seoul the day before to attend the 2 day training course.

HoYun Choi has never visited the UK before and had booked to attend the workshop on the SAN website. HoYun is a financial accountant who works with non-government organisations in Korea and he decided to come to the UK to find out more about social accounting and audit.

HY commented, "The training was very interesting; it is as I expected and I have learned a lot about social accounting in the UK. It is the only country where I can find out about it and I want to develop social accounting in Korea for use with NGOs."

Other participants at the workshop came from Leicester, Hertfordshire, East Sussex and Lincolnshire. The round trip for HY was 11,000 miles and it cost around $3,000.

That takes some commitment!

The London PIA workshop was one of the first using the new guide as the basis of the training.

Sean Smith

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News and Developments

Register of Social Auditors

Anyone wishing to become approved as a SAN Social Auditor should contact their Regional Co-ordinator in the first instance - see end of Circular. Prospective auditors are required to attend a SAN Social Auditor workshop and to have attended at least two social audit panels and written a set of notes before being mentored, when they chair a first panel for themselves.

For more about Social Auditing and to see the Register please......

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SAN Practice Case Studies

SAN is always looking for organisations to feature as Case Studies in both this newsletter and on the SAN website. A number of these have been prepared following the SAN research project.

There are now 26 Case studies on the SAN website, accompanied by a handy directory feature to help you select the best for your needs.

To visit the Case Studies page....

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SAN Address

PLEASE NOTE SAN ADDRESS:C/O The Workspace, All Saints Road, Wolverhampton, WV2 1EL
Tel:01902 877565 - Fax: 01902 877531 -

Also, SAN UK has made it to The Himalayan Times, link to article here:;email

As part of the legacy of the Scottish Government's SROI Project, the
Social Impact Scotland website was launched on 14th March 2011.
The Social Impact Scotland portal is managed by Forth Sector Development, and retains comprehensive information on Social Return on Investment, as well as introductory information on other core methodologies and approaches including Social Accounting and Audit and Theory of Change.

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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