Circular for June 2011

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News and Developments

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Contacts & Coordinators

Social Audit Network June 2011

Welcome to the June 2011 edition of the SAN circular newsletter, featuring news of social accounting activity from around the world. Read on for an article by Lisa McMullan about work in Nepal, including the establishment of the Social Audit Forum (SAF-Nepal) a pioneering not-for-profit organisation that promotes good governance through participation, transparency and accountability. In the article, Lisa tells us that social accounting is now an integral part of school reporting, and indeed some school funding is dependant upon demonstration of social value.....

Back in the UK, further training events are planned based around the new Guide to Social Accounting and Audit. 'Prove, Improve and Account' workshops are planned in several regions, with activities in Yorkshire and Humber described below. For further information about what is happening in your part of the country, go to the SAN website, or contact your Regional Co-ordinator (see list at the bottom of this newsletter).

Bulk order discounts still apply for order of 10 or more copies of the Prove, Improve and Account Guide to social accounting and audit. For more information about ordering your copy of the Guide, please go to the SAN website:

The SAN Board met recently in Birmingham. With four new members, coming from the public, private and not for profit actors, the Board was keen to build from the successful conference in Newcastle, setting a date in March 2012 for the next event. More details in a later edition of this newsletter. Other areas under review included the SAN training programme centred around the new Guide, auditor quality assurance and SAN regional activities.

Mike Swain will remain as SAN Chair, with Alan Kay as the new Vice Chair. Below is a short pen picture of one of the new SAN Board members – Matthew Lanham.

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


News From Nepal

SAN UK began working with colleagues in Nepal back in 2004. Providing consultancy support to the Department of Education and local community facilitators, the SAN team, led by John Pearce, contributed to social accounting and audit becoming a mechanism to support community participation and promote accountability within the primary education field. Today, social audit practices are integral to the monitoring, evaluation and direct payment of community education schools.


Since then, Nepal has experienced significant constitutional and political change; and improving governance systems and widening participation in decision making have been identified as priorities for the country's development. In response to this, a group of local development professionals established the Social Audit Forum (SAF-Nepal). SAF is a pioneering not-for-profit organisation that promotes good governance through participation, transparency and accountability.
SAF-Nepal has been promoting and developing social audit practices in a range of community support projects and is committed to improving the quality of social audit practices and its longer term impacts. As part of this commitment, SAN UK is supporting SAF-Nepal by sharing its experiences and expertise in implementing our social accounting and audit model.

From 14 – 16 May 2011, I facilitated a 3 day 'Prove Improve and Account' workshop for 23 Nepali colleagues – directors, members and supporters of SAF-Nepal. The aim of the workshop was to develop a shared understanding of the SAN model and to explore how it can be best adapted to the context in Nepal. Over the 3 days, we considered the New Guide to Social Accounting and Audit, using a case study and SAF-Nepal to put some of the theories & tools into practice. For example, SAF-Nepal reviewed its values; agreed a set of output and outcome indicators; completed a comprehensive stakeholder analysis; and participated in a mock social audit panel. During the time, we also had an opportunity to discuss and understand the public audit practices in Nepal which is more focused at small development project level. SAF-Nepal is now developing its own guide to social accounting and audit for wider implementation.

Having successfully completed phase 1 of SAF-Nepal's action plan to promote social accounting and audit practices, efforts are now focussed on securing resources to develop five model organisations by supporting their own social accounting and audit processes, and to establish a bank of accredited social accounting advisers and auditors in Nepal.
For more information:
Lisa McMullan
The Women's Organisation & SAN UK
07545 111 504

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Matthew Lanham

Matthew has been Chief Executive of the NeuroMuscular Centre for 6 years. He has seen the charity grow and develop hugely in this period. NMC has more than trebled the number of service users it supports and doubled its turnover to £800k this year.

NMC began more than 20 years ago, founded by a teacher and a physiotherapist who passionately believed that the bleak future (notably lack of therapy services, accessible training and support) faced by youngsters with md moving into adulthood needed to be addressed. They set up the user led centre to provide ongoing specialist physiotherapy, training and employment.

NMC has embraced the Social Enterprise movement and is held as an exemplar of charity's trading with the public and private sector. NMC has won numerous national and regional awards including Best Social Enterprise 2008. More than 50% of NMC's income is from trading activity.

NMC has completed Social Accounts for each of the last 4 years and remains enthusiastically committed to using this powerful measurement tool.

Matthew is active in the Social Enterprise sector locally and regionally (a Director of Social Enterprise North West and of the Cheshire and Warrington Social Enterprise Partnership) and has particular expertise in the Social Accounting field. He is also active in Disability networks locally.

Matthew has previously held senior operational management roles in the Royal Mail before taking this radical career shift – latterly he was Area General Manager for much of the West Midlands and central Wales. He lives with his wife and 2 teenage children in rural Shropshire.

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News and Developments

Training News - Yorks and Humber Region

Prove, Improve and Account Workshop (formally SAN Master Class) will be held in Sheffield on Thursday 7th and Thursday 14th July tutored by Sean Smith and Mary McGarry. The fee is £355 per person, which includes lunch both days and a copy of the new Guide to Social Accounting and Audit with CD. Time 9.45 - 4.45 please bring a lap top.

To reserve a place email or before 13th June. This workshop is for everyone who wants to know more about social accounting and will enable them to prepare their own social accounts or support other organisations through the process.

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Sheffield Social Accounting Cluster

Star Enterprise Work and Play, Carver Street, Sheffield, will be hosting social accounting workshops on alternate Thursdays from September 7th to March 15th 2012, 10.00 - 3.30.

The fee is £300 per month, per organisation, payable in advance by standing order to SEWP please. Each organisation may send up to four people to each workshop and can expect to produce a set of draft social accounts during this seven month course. If you would like your organisation to be one of the four chosen for the first Sheffield Social Accounting Cluster please email your contact details to or

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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 -

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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