LGOWIT (Let’s Get On With It Together) was established in 2011 to provide ongoing support for people living with long-term health conditions. While support existed for specific conditions, the founders noticed a lack of general support, and wanted to assist anyone of any age living with a chronic condition. Over the years, LGOWIT has built up a range of support which includes groups, training courses, forums, toolkits and community networkers.
In 2019, LGOWIT developed e-learning modules based on its face-to-face programmes and realised that these might have commercial potential. Their challenge was how to spin off a commercially-focused entity from a project rooted in the third sector.
It was against this context that project leads Sodi Kakouris and Joanne McCoy were accepted onto the 2019 Pathfinder Accelerator cohort.
Bringing 20 years’ commercial experience, Sodi had joined HTSI as Project E-learning Specialist in 2018, with little experience of the third sector. In contrast, Project Manager, Joanne, had worked in the sector for 18 years.
“It was never a conflict but sometimes I didn’t understand where Joanne was coming from and vice versa,” says Sodi. “From day one of Pathfinder, Joanne began to gain some commercial insight while I learned to understand the third sector better. Joanne started to look at opportunities that came up as ways to sustain the organisation to make it less reliant on public funding. “From that point on, we started developing our ideas.”