MP Nick Boles impressed by Toolbar’s efforts

Ruth Baldry from Lincs Community and Voluntary Service Nick Boles and Neville Hydes
Ruth Baldry from Lincs Community and Voluntary Service Nick Boles and Neville Hydes
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A VOLUNTARY employment service based in Bourne is celebrated 
gaining charity status this week with a visit from the Bourne MP.

Toolbar, which works out of the snooker centre in Cherryholt Road on Monday mornings, has become a charity after applying for the status when it exceeded the minimum of £5,000 money raised last year.

Toolbar started in May, 2009 and is run by volunteers who provide help for unemployed people in Bourne to track down a new job and improve their self-esteem during the economic downturn.

During the weekly sessions, volunteers provide help and advice with CVs and interview techniques, along with listening to problems.

MP for Bourne Nick Boles (Con) spent more than a hour on Monday observing and hearing about the work it does.

Neville said: “We all felt very positive as staff at the end of the visit, we felt he was really listening to what we had to say.

Mr Boles met 28 people working with Toolbar to seek employment along with volunteers at the organisation.

Neville said that Mr Boles was so impressed with the work going on in Bourne that he suggested the charity should be franchised out across the country.

In recognition of their good work in the community Bourne Town Council granted Toolbar £500 this week after a meeting of the finance committee to discuss grant applications was held on Tuesday.