Circular for May 2013

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Social Audit Network May 2013

Welcome to this month’s SAN newsletter, containing news and articles about the practice of social accounting and audit, and measuring social value, from across the UK and around the world.

The Social Audit Network promotes and supports social accounting and audit as the preferred means for organisations operating in the community, social economy and public sectors to report on their social, environmental and economic performance.

Social Accounting and Audit (SAA) . . . how it can help you to demonstrate your social value

The visual minutes of the 2013 SAN Gathering and networking event are now available at 

Once again, there was an excited buzz, as social accounting enthusiasts discussed the finer points of the framework with those who had only recently discovered its value. We were entertained with some exciting presentations (evaluation ducks included!!) and listened to stories from organisations about how SAA has changed their lives…IMG_5953.JPG

From improved business planning to better internal organisation, discovering more about your potential market and raise more funds, or simply just being able to speak to people in a meaningful way, it became apparent that SAA has a multitude of benefits.

And for those starting out, there were ‘top tips’ for where to get going in SAA…

Participatory taster sessions took their audience through the finer points in more detail and stimulated varied and interesting discussion. ‘I now know how I will engage with my wider stakeholders around our environmental value’ one person was heard to say as he frantically scribbled notes.

To an enrapt audience, Maggie O’Carroll provided our memorial lecture in memory of two of SAN’s founders – John Pearce and Mike Swain, and Chris Dabbs summed up the day ending with a challenge to SAN to show to commissioners, funders, and policy-makers just how valuable SAA actually is.IMG_5947.JPG

Go to the SAN website for more information about the gathering, where presentations and papers will shortly be available to download…





The SAN website contains information on current SAN training opportunities If you are unable to attend any of these, contact the SAN office or contact your regional co-ordinator (see end of this newsletter) to see what is planned in your area.

SAN is starting to work with the Equalities Hub in Manchester with a new approach to ‘cascading’ training and learning. Starting with a small group of PIA trainees, it is planned that each learner will work within their own organisations and two others to produce social accounts. Some will go on to train as social auditors – providing a local accounting and audit service to voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises in the Manchester area. This approach to measuring social value will grow a network of expertise, support and encouragement within a small area, allowing smaller organisations with few resources to introduce social accounting and audit to their operation. For more information, please contact Anne Lythgoe.

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The Directory of social accounts

SAN has published a Directory of Social Accounts and Social Reports at If you want to publish your social accounts with SAN simply upload them to our site via this page. We are keen to share learning and good practice, so please help another organisation by uploading yours.

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Joining SAN

Finally, details of how to join SAN are contained at we need people to get involved, at whatever level in SAN if we are to answer Chris Dabbs’ challenge from our Gathering and convince every commissioner, funder, grant-giver, policy-maker…

That the social accounting and audit framework is the most valuable, robust, effective and comprehensive way to measure true social, environmental and economic value in not-for-profit work.

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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