A man who helped set up a back-to-work charity that has helped scores of people find jobs has been recognised with two awards.
Neville Hydes, from Bourne, was invited to the prizegiving ceremony of this year’s 2012 Voluntary Sector Recognition Awards, held by the Lincolnshire Community and Volunteer Service in Grantham on Wednesday last week.
Neville was awarded the Certificate for Outstanding Voluntary Action Within the Local Community and the Bert Shaw Award for Excellence for his work with Toolbar, a group that helps people train and apply for jobs.
Neville helped set up Toolbar three years ago. The group runs sessions every Monday at Bourne Snooker Centre in Cherryholt Road and has grown from a regular clientele of just three to 25.
Many jobs have been found for people attending the group, which Neville has been running with a group of volunteer staff.
Neville said: “I was thrilled to be nominated and to receive the awards, but I only played one part in the success of Toolbar.
“It was down to the loyal group of volunteer staff and the staff of the Lincolnshire Community and Volunteer Service who made Toolbar a respected and valued part of Bourne.”
Neville recently retired from his position of chairman and handed over the running of Toolbar to team members Roy McKinney and Rose Harvey.
He added: “After three-and-a-half years running Toolbar I felt it was right to pass the baton to other people to develop and continue running the group.
“Roy and Rose have been valuable team members for many months.”
Roy is a Bourne town councillor, secretary of the Galletly Practice patients group and a volunteer with the Citizens Advice Bureau in Spalding.
Rose, who used to work for Lincolnshire County Council, initially went to Toolbar for help finding a job before becoming group secretary.