The Social Innovation Mentor Network matches social innovators who are scaling social enterprises and ideas with mentors who have had experience of doing just that. As a mentor on the programme, Steve Allman mentored Anna McEwen, Development Director at Shared Lives Plus. Shared Lives Plus is an innovative model of social care which sees Shared Lives carers share their own home and family life with an older person or disabled person as an alternative to traditional care services.

    “Our sessions have given me an opportunity to reflect and think about how to do things differently, as well as Steve providing tips and advice from his own experiences. Steve is knowledgeable and experienced, but approachable and easy to talk to and discuss difficult issues with. I now have many practical solutions to work situations as a result of my mentoring sessions with Steve and appreciate his focus and the reflections that an external person can provide.”

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