Circular for June 2012

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Contacts & Coordinators

Social Audit Network June 2012

Lisa.jpgCongratulations to Lisa McMullan of The Women's Organisation in Liverpool, who is the newly elected Chair of the Social Audit Network. Also to Matthew Lanham, Chief Executive of the Neuro-Muscular Centre in Winsford – our new Vice-Chair.


The SAN Board has also co-opted David Furze into its membership. Dave has close links with UK faith organisations and has extensive experience in community development and regeneration.

At its recent meeting, the new SAN Board considered a comprehensive and far-reaching business plan set around our organisational objectives:

  • Promotion and communication (led by Lisa McMullan and Anne Lythgoe)
  • Influencing and positioning (led by Alan Kay)
  • Auditing (led by Mary McGarry)
  • Learning programme (led by Iftikar Karim)
  • Consultancy (led by Barbara Beaton)
  • Governance (led by Mary McGarry and Anne Lythgoe)

Links have been made with a number of other national bodies, including Big Society Capital, which is exploring how social auditing can support their work, also New Philanthropy Capital and their partners through the Inspiring Impact programme.

Further work is ongoing to develop the SAN website and extend its content. More case studies, technical articles and resources will be available to social accounting practitioners. A Paypal facility will shortly be available, as well as membership area with online Guide to Social Accounting and Audit.


A big thank you to Alan

alan.jpgSAN Director Alan Kay has stepped down as Acting Chair of the network, a role he assumed following the death of Mike Swain last year. Luckily for SAN, Alan has agreed to stay as a Director, continuing to bring his extensive skills and knowledge to our Board.

Author of the recent ‘Prove, Improve and Account’ guide to Social Accounting and Audit, Alan has more that 30 years of experience in community development and social enterprise support in the UK and overseas. His background is in overseas development and he has lived and worked in East Africa and South East Asia attached to a variety of different organisations including HelpAge International, Action Aid and VSO.

Since returning to Scotland in 1988 Alan has mainly worked with community-owned enterprises and social enterprises. He believes in empowering people so that they can get involved in economic activity to create sustainable communities. Over the years he has developed links with a wide range of social economy organisations and carried out research, planning, training/facilitation and evaluations.

Alan is one of the founder members of SAN, along with the late John Pearce. His understanding and insight into the practice of social accounting and audit, running a social business, as well as his skilful blend of patience and motivation has helped keep Board meetings focussed and productive. On behalf of all Directors, I would like to thank Alan for his huge contribution towards making SAN what it is today.

Anne Lythgoe

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Social Media – be a friend of SAN

Social Media – be a friend of SAN

SAN is now on Facebook At, Twitter via @The_SAN_UK and Google+. For more information, tweets and our latest news feeds, go to the SAN website at

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Social Impact Bonds

There has been considerable interest in social investment, in particular Social Impact Bonds, in the local authority arena. The Social Finance conference is an opportunity to bring together representatives from across the UK to discuss how social investment can be used for communities. Speakers include Lord Michael Bichard and Nat Sloane, England Chair of the Big Lottery Fund. They will be speaking alongside leading local authorities, social investors and experts on social investment in the UK.

The conference will address:

  • What social investment can do for local authorities
  • New sources of funding to provide new solutions to old problems
  • How the Social Impact Bond works
  • Technical challenges of setting up a Social Impact Bond
  • Personalisation of care budgets

Attendance at the conference is free of charge. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

The conference will take place between 9.30-3.30 on 20 June 2012 in the Bristol Council House, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR.

Details and registration are at Any queries to

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The Big Society Social Audit

The Civil Exchange has published the first social audit of the Government’s Big Society see Using an approach which embraces key indicators of the Big Society, the report 'finds a 'Big Society gap' between different groups against key indicators.

Principal author and Director of Civil Exchange Caroline Slocock said: 'The audit found a genuine interest in getting involved in local issues and in supporting charities but also a 'Big Society gap' between younger and older people and deprived and affluent communities. 

The government needs to engage with the voluntary sector as a key partner if it is to bridge this gap. That means forging common goals, ensuring the sector has the right support and giving fair access to government contracts. It is ironic that a programme to engage communities is being driven from Whitehall.’

The audit was produced by think tank Civil Exchange, with research and communications support from Democratic Audit and DHA, and backed by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation UK.

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Procurement pledges for Local Authorities

Procurement pledges for Local Authorities

In light of SAN’s ongoing work on social value, I thought that you might be interested in the Procurement Pledge recently launched by the Local Government Association (LGA) for consultation. The LGA is doing this "to emphasise the sector's commitment to supporting economic growth, and by extension to UK companies. Collectively councils spend £62 billion and this can be a great driver for local economic growth. We want the business experience of contracting with councils to be a positive one: fair, and as easy as possible."

SAN members might want to respond to emphasise the need to incorporate social (and environmental) value into procurement - not just economic growth - especially as this is now a statutory requirement!

Details at Local Gov

Chris Dabbs
Unlimited Potential, Salford

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SAN is looking for case studies

'SAN is looking for case studies of social impact measurement for a new online resource. Anyone interested should contact Anne Lythgoe or

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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