Our Story

Key objectives

We aim to:

  • provide employment and personal development opportunities to many of the remote Traveller communities of Lincolnshire.
  • reduce the isolation families can feel due to their location, lifestyle or discrimination by the wider community.
  •  encourage families to try new educational, employment and recreational experiences.
  • develop through partnerships, connections between Travellers and public agencies, local businesses, charities, educational establishments and a wide range of other service providers.
  • empower and build confidence in the individuals and families that use our services.
  • promote better preventative health measures and introduce a range of health services to Traveller communities.

LTI Timeline

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.
1999
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).
2006
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).

2008
2011

Due to the demand for our services from other areas planning for county-wide expansion begins.

2011
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.

2013
2015

Developed a programme of adult training on a county-wide basis in partnership with Lloyds Foundation.

2015
2016

Begin work on the PQASSO quality standard for charities. Working in 13 different areas of the county.

2016
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.

2017
2018

Well Woman Groups established in Gainsborough, one at Park Springs Community Centre and one at Summergangs Lane Traveller site.

2018

Meet our team

PAUL BOUCHER

PAUL BOUCHER

Director

LYNNE WALKER

LYNNE WALKER

Lead Teacher

KIRSTY MATHERS

KIRSTY MATHERS

Family Liaison/
Adult Training Officer

MARIANNE RICKARD

MARIANNE RICKARD

Teaching Assistant

Keith Bryant

Keith Bryant

Teacher

Alison Bagg

Alison Bagg

Teacher

Natasha Walmsley

Natasha Walmsley

Early Years/Support worker

Ruth Smith

Ruth Smith

Early Years/Support worker

Annual reports