Toolbar came to life because of a trio of like minded people, who at the time were not in work; one through unemployment, another off on long-term sick, and the third retired.
At the time, in early 2009, a large number of local people were losing their jobs because of the recession, and it was felt that something should be done to provide help and support on a local basis.
After some research and having spoken to a large number of people in the community, Bourne Snooker Centre (on Cherry Holt Road) was chosen as the venue for a weekly meeting. It had the right ambiance and facilities.
Toolbar opened for business during the first week of May 2009. As with many such organisations, funding was initially difficult. With a substantial personal donation, and a loan from the Bourne Baptist Church (which later became a gift) the project got off the ground.
No one came for the first three weeks, despite a pool of six volunteers being ready and willing. By the end of July three or four people were attending on a weekly basis and funds were running low. A variety of local grant making bodies were approached, resulting in further funding, volunteer training and the acquisition of the first computer.
Today, anywhere between ten and twenty people regularly meet in the Snooker Centre, on a Monday morning.
After an induction to explain what is available, a new client will likely spend time with a volunteer and set about preparing a meaningful CV which will hopefully help in acquiring the next job. If necessary help can be given to produce letters of application and when appropriate, interview skills can be developed. For those considering self employment, career planning can also be discussed.
If you feel you could help as a volunteer, or that Toolbar could help you in any way, get in touch by phone or email, or pop in and see what happens.
Toolbar is open to clients, new or old every Monday morning (excluding bank holidays) at the Bourne Snooker Centre, Cherry Holt Road. Bourne...from 10.30 am to 12 noon.