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Social Audit Network September 2016

The Social Audit Network is bringing social accounting and audit to you!

Through our regional network, we are planning a series of Roadshows which will explore simple and practical ways to measure social impact using social accounting. Each half day event will include local case studies so that you can hear from organisations already social accounting. We’ll also have a different keynote speaker at each one to inspire you!

The first Roadshow will be on Tuesday 25th October at the wonderful building created by 42nd Street Youth charity on Great Ancoats Street in Manchester. Further details of how to book will be circulated shortly.


SAN is pleased to announce that it welcomes Matthew Lanham as its new Chair. Matthew is the CEO if the Neuro Muscular Centre (NMC) in Winsford, Cheshire. Matthew is an inspirational leader with extensive experience of social accounting and impact measurement with NMC. In fact, as the organisation views creating social impact and making a difference for people with Neuro Muscular disease, their families and carers, as the most important ‘raison d’etre’, they have restructured their annual report and accounts to be a set of social accounts with financial summary!

Outgoing chair Lisa McMullan said ‘I have really enjoyed being the Chair of SAN for the last 4 years, and have watched it go from strength to strength, but feel that the time is right to hand over the reins. There is no one better that Matthew to steer SAN through the next phase of its development’.

Matthew will be supported by Anne Lythgoe, who takes over from him in the role of Vice Chair.

Alan Kay continues to write a series of thought-provoking blogs, although this month’s has been written by the new SAN Chair, Matthew Lanham. Entitled Social reporting – a pretty penny or not?, Matthew compares social accounting and audit to owning older cars (lovely brown Vauxhall Viva…) in that there’s always a reluctance to have a social audit because of the cost… However, describing himself as ‘a Social Accounting and Audit enthusiast’ Matthew goes on to explain the value for money, the benefits, and how the participative nature of the social audit process can be uplifting to the people involved in it rather than an expensive chore!
To read the blog click here.

Alan Kay’s blogs are now being reproduced in Pro Bono News in Australia, and Alan is working with Lisa McMullan on an article for the Social and Ethical Accountability Journal special issue on social accounting due out early next year.

Alan’s article called 'Re-imagining Social Enterprise' has appeared in Social Enterprise Journal and explores why the work of the late John Pearce is as pertinent now as it was when he wrote it.


International SAN

SAN is now working closely with an evolving sister organisation in India. For more information about their new auditor services, take a look at their website. SAN India also has close links with partners in Dubai.

Elsewhere a partnership is being developed with the Mercury Centre Cooperative Ltd in Australia

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SAN training

SAN has formed a new training partnership with Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO) and is currently lining up dates with them.

The first course will be an Introduction to Social Accounting and Audit Masterclass to be held in November at GMCVO’s St Thomas Centre on Ardwick Green in Manchester. Further details and the event registration form can be found at

The Social Enterprise Academy is planning to run 5 Measuring Social Impact days in Scotland. The dates for these introductory events in social impact measurement have been confirmed as:

  • 11th October 2016 in Hamilton; 
  • 8th November 2016 in Perth; 
  • 21st February 2017 in Bathgate; 
  • 14th March 2017 in Aberdeen; and
  • 11th April 2017 in Edinburgh. 

Click here for further information.

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Other news

The 2nd John Pearce Memorial Lecture will take place from 5pm on 3rd October and will be held at the Deeprose Lecture Theatre, Glasgow Caledonian University, on the GCU campus.
For registration – click here.

GCU is delighted to have Pauline Graham from Social Firms Scotland giving this year’s lecture. Thus it will be an interesting and insightful reflection on past and current issues affecting the social enterprise sector.

SAN has also set up a John Pearce page on the website – which includes a list of pdf-ed unpublished writing - click here for further information. The John Pearce Collection is held within the Social Enterprise Collection (Scotland) held by Glasgow Caledonian University Archive Department.

Last week saw the launch of the Social Value Maturity Index by the national Social Value Task Force. this is a tool which allows a self assessment of an organisations readiness to create social value – either as a business or as a public sector organisation.

The Social Value UK Members Exchange 2016 is a chance for members of the social value community to come together and share best practice, discuss ideas and drive innovation in the sector. The event will be a mixture of round table discussion groups and smaller break out presentations from Social Value UK members. Social Value UK will also be making some exciting announcements regarding support services and our campaigning future!

Attendance is open to all individual and organisational members of Social Value UK and Social Value International. Tickets are only valid with a current membership.

Date : Monday 14th November 2016
Time : 9.15am-1.00pm
Venue : University of Birmingham
Refreshments : Tea, coffee and light refreshments provided
Cost : £40 + VAT and booking fee

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The Realising the Value consortium has published two guides written by the Behavioural Insights Team, outlining how the science of behaviour can help people to self-manage their health and wellbeing more effectively.

The first guide is written for people who support those living with long-term conditions, or who help people avoid these conditions using person- and community-centred approaches. Health and care professionals, voluntary or community groups, peer supporters, carers and patient leaders will benefit most from this guide.

The second guide is aimed at people who champion these approaches in health and social care more broadly including commissioners. It outlines how behavioural science can spread the take-up of person- and community-centred approaches to health and wellbeing.

The final resources and recommendations from the Realising the Value programme will be published in November 2016.

NCVO Charities Evaluation Services is a key partner in the Inspiring Impact programme. They have designed Measuring Up!, a straightforward, step-by-step self-assessment tool that allows you to review and improve your organisation’s impact practice – that is, the way you plan, evidence, communicate and learn from the difference that your work makes. In response to feedback, NCVO / CES have designed two new versions of the tool:

  • Measuring Up! for small organisations (those with an income of £0-£100,000 or newer to impact practice)
  • Measuring Up! for funders (all types of voluntary sector funders)

The tools should be very useful to any organisation wishing to build on their impact practice. They are free to access. Find out more.


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SAN Roadshow

The first SAN Roadshow will be on Tuesday 25th October at the 42nd Street Youth charity on Great Ancoats Street in Manchester. Further details of how to book will be circulated shortly.

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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