Six years of helping people back to work
Bourne based charity Toolbar have recently celebrated six years of helping the unemployed.
Toolbar was brought to life in 2009 to help unemployed people in Bourne search for a new job.
At the time, a large number of locals were losing their job due to the recession and it was felt that something should be done to help provide help and support for these people.
Neville Hydes, from Thurlby, was one of the founders of Toolbar. Sadly he passed away in March 2015 after a complicated illness. Mr Hydes had great faith in the charity and was known by friends as “selfless”.
Mr Hydes was the reason Toolbar was set up after he wanted to help a neighbour who had fallen on hard times.
Thanks to Mr Hydes and others, Toolbar now has between 15-20 visitors who regularly meet in the Snooker Centre on Cherry Holt Road, on Monday mornings.
Chair of the Trustees, Brian Eagle-Brown, said, “We are extremely grateful to both our volunteers and the various organisations that have supported us over the last six years and we are committed to helping unemployed people for as long as we were able to do so,”
The charity assists unemployed people with CV preparation, letters of application, interview skills and career planning.
They provide people with the latest vacancy listings from the Job Centre and local agencies alongside providing free access to the internet for job searches.
It hasn’t always been easy for the Toolbar charity. At the beginning nobody turned up for three months despite six volunteers being ready and willing.
They were given a donation (which later on became a gift) from the Bourne Baptist Church to help the project get off the ground.
In June they were given a £2,000 donation by the Len Pick Trust. This was to support a pilot project that aims to help 18-24-year-old clients develop their CVs and give them career counselling.
The project was in addition to the normal Toolbar Monday morning sessions.
Lead volunteer of Toolbar, Roy McKinney, said that youth unemployment is a major issue so the money would make all the difference. Young entrepreneurs also benefited.