1999- The birth of LTI; well actually it wasn't, it was Gainsborough Traveller Initiative in those days. We ran a parent and toddler group in a refurbished warden's building on Summergangs Lane site, Gainsborough. At the same time social and recreational activities were developed with the adults on the Gainsborough site. Courses included flower arranging, jewellery making and sewing. Trips were to London's West End, Blackpool and The Clothes Show Live to name but a few.
2006- Most Traveller families choose to home educate their children at the transfer to Secondary School stage. We were aware that only 22% of these Elective Home Educated children were passing their mandatory County Council inspections. The focus of our work moved to young Travellers aged 11-16 that weren't engaging with mainstream education. (As of 2016, with our support 95% pass).
2008-Expanded our services to include Lincoln. Deliver the Trinity College London, Arts Award; the only service to enter Travellers for this qualification (30+young people have since gained this qualification).
2011- Due to the demand for our services from other areas planning for county-wide expansion begins.
2013- Enter contractual arrangement with Lincolnshire County Council to support families with children on Elective Home Education. Begin to offer Prince's Trust Qualifications to facilitate future entry to college or further education.
2015-Developed a programme of adult training on a county-wide basis in partnership with Lloyds Foundation.
2016- Begin work on the PQASSO quality standard for charities. Working in 13 different areas of the county.
2017- A successful toddler group is set up in Gainsborough after requests from the residents.
Regular coffee mornings are now being held in Gainsborough, bringing together Travellers and non-Travellers.
2018- Well Woman Groups established in Gainsborough, one at Park Springs Community Centre and one at Summergangs Lane Traveller site.
2018- Moved into our new premises at Waddington Community Hub.
2019-LTI celebrates 20 years as a registered charity!!
2019-New Gainsborough base at the Think2Speak office Marshall's Yard.
2019-Now offering functional skills (Maths and English) to all students of all ages.