Circular for March 2016

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Contacts & Coordinators

Social Audit Network March 2016


Measuring Social Value 

Keeping it simple, practical & useful 

 The Social Audit Network’s Annual Gathering



Thursday 9th June 2016 

The Box, FarGo Village  

Far Gosford Street 


CV1 5ED 

Event fee: £125 (SAN members £75)

To book your place please contact SAN or call 0151 706 8121

For SAN Auditors and Directors, there will also be an event the day before, to be held at the Richard Crossman Building, Coventry University. 

Please reserve 8th and 9th June in your diaries NOW. the list of high quality speakers and workshop sessions will be announced soon.



Faith Action Conference

SAN_Photo_at_Faith_and_Health_3_-_24-2-16-1.jpgSAN Director Dr Dave Furze reports back from speaking at the Faith Action Conference: Faith & Health, New avenues to improving the public’s health 


Dave’s seminar, which was run twice in the event, attracted a great deal of interest. He reports that ‘there is lots of interest in impact measurement now amongst the Faith sector - particularly for small organisations with few staff and under lots of pressure. But they know it makes good sense and is required more and more’. 


Dave explained that he discussed how for smaller organisations, the "the full-monty with audit” is not the only way to start with social accounting and audit. Social accounting should start slowly, with what you already measure. Start small and it build up as you grow in confidence and can justify more time and resources.

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Social Value Summit

SAN Director Anne Lythgoe, partnered with Jeremy Nicholls from Social Value UK and Chris Dabbs from Unlimited Potential in Salford, to deliver a Measurement Masterclass at the Social Value Summit recently. The video of the two measurement masterclasses is now available at

The Summit was organised by Social Enterprise UK, and had almost 300 total attendees, with a real mix from across the social, public and private sectors. It was probably the biggest social value event to date in England.

In addition to the event, a further 600 people tuned in online on the day - on average watching 39 minutes per session, and doing so in the US, South Korea, the Middle East and Australia as well as across the UK. 

Please check out all the videos at 

Congratulations also go to Anne in the Social Value Awards – Anne received Special Recognition for her Individual Leadership in promoting social value across the country. This Award also recognises her role as a Director of SAN, and also as a member of the advisory Council of Social Value UK. 

Anne has also been invited to sit on an advisory panel by the Cabinet Office, which is exploring compliance with the Social Value Act across all Government Departments.

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SAN in the Regions of the UK

SAN is disappointed to lose Iftikar Karim as a Regional Co-ordinator for the East and West Midlands. Iftikar has been a supporter of SAN for many years, promoting social accounting and audit, delivering training and advice, as well as being a registered SAN Social Auditor.

The bulk of Iftikar’s work experience has been within the West Midlands voluntary and community sector. Since 2000 I have worked as a Research & Community Development Consultant and have delivered numerous local, regional and national social research, project development and service evaluation commissions. His interests remain around developing and testing strategies to support resident involvement in research and consultancy activity as well as supporting the development of community enterprises – particularly within urban and diverse community settings. 

Iftikar will continue acting as the regional coordinator and a social auditor until the 2016 SAN Gathering, but SAN is looking to identify someone or more preferably an organisation with an interest in social impact measurement in the region which could take on the role.

Iftikar will be supported in the West Midlands by SAN Auditor and trainer, Sean Smith, who can be contacted at

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Case Studies

SAN is publishing a new set of case studies of organisations which have embedded social accounting within their organisations. These case studies aim to illustrate how social accounting is used across organisations of differing sizes and from different areas of business. 

Four new case studies of social accounting can now be found through the following links: or

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UK and EU release consultations on non financial reporting

In recent weeks, both the UK and the EU have released consultations in light of a Directive on non-financial reporting, which came into force in December 2014 (click here for further details). The Directive aims to improve the transparency of large EU companies regarding their environmental and social impacts.

EU Consultation on Non-Financial Reporting Guidelines

The Non-Financial Reporting Directive specifies that the Commission should draw up non-binding guidelines in order to facilitate the reporting of non-financial information. The EU is now carrying out a consultation on these guidelines, in which SAN members and interested organisations are encouraged to take part. The consultation takes the form of a questionnaire, and can be accessed on the website of the European Commission here.  


Other interesting links include:

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Social Capital World Forum (SCWF)

The Social Capital World Forum (SCWF) is hosting a series of events to develop a model that can be used by communities to increase participatory democracy and build trusting relationships between citizens and the public sector. The event will be 8th - 9th April 2016 in Glasgow.  Click here for further details.

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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