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A BOURNE community group that helps get people back to work could have to shut by March unless it receives more cash support.

Toolbar holds free sessions for the unemployed every Monday morning at Bourne Snooker Centre in Cherryholt Road.

About 20 people go along each week, some of whom have been unemployed for many months.

The sessions give advice on interview technique, CV writing and confidence building and helps people look for jobs on the internet or find voluntary activities.

The group has been running for two and a half years with the support of a number of local charities and organisations, including the Len Pick Trust, Bourne Town Council and Bourne United Charities. But in the face of Government spending cuts this year, some major donors have been forced to reduce their support.

Chairman Neville Hydes fears that without extra backing the group will not last long.

He said: “One or two of our major donors have cut their funding by a lot and we have quite a big shortfall. We are not sure if we will be able to operate beyond March next year.”

Toolbar is run by volunteers, including a retired headteacher, a university lecturer and a social worker.

One of the group’s success stories is Gerry Blacoe, 57, from Bourne, who lost his job in international trade after 20 years of working.

He had no idea how the modern job seeking process worked, so was put in touch with Toolbar by Stamford Job Centre Plus.

He is now the head of export sales for furniture maker Lloyd Loom of Spalding, in part thanks to the help he received at Toolbar.

He said: “I went for 10 months without work and it took the first three or four to understand what it was all about.

“I was made very welcome at Toolbar. It is very well organised with an enrolment process that everyone goes through.

“It was good to get out and share experiences with people in a similar situation, and pass on and receive ideas of where work might be available.”

“It’s a very useful service for people in the area. It would be a great shame if it were not available.”

Toolbar is not yet a registered charity as its income is under £5,000 a year, but hopes to become one if it can stay afloat.

If you or your organisation can help, call Neville on 01778 425313.