Donation helps employment group's work

Cash help from a South Kesteven District Council grant is helping unemployed adults back into work.

Toolbar is a volunteer scheme running in and around Bourne, giving people free pointers to widen their employability skills. 

The project is being supported by a £200 Ward Member Grant from South Kesteven District Councillor Helen Powell. 

Cllr Powell said: "Volunteers at Toolbar help clients produce CVs, write application letters, develop interview skills and plan their careers, so it makes a really important contribution. 

"Its clients also receive the latest vacancy listings from Jobcentres and local agencies, plus free internet access for job searches. It relies on donations so I was glad to support what they do." 

The project, which costs around £3,500 a year to run, is also supported by Bourne Town Council and the Social Justice Fund. The service runs from 10.30am to noon every Monday at Bourne Snooker Centre on Cherry Holt Road. 

As well as helping find work, Toolbar offers an opportunity to relax over a free cup of coffee and a free game of snooker or pool. It also gives free access to Universal Fitness Studio and a free hair dressing service, as well as return bus fares from out of town. 

Lead volunteer Roy McKinney, said: "We rely on donations to help people out, so we welcome grants like this help keep the service going and support those who find themselves out of work." 

Cllr Powell Toolbar

Picture: Lead volunteer Roy McKinney with Cllr Helen Powell 

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