Mayor Ann Jones (centre) officially opened Eat That Frog’s new Training, Education & Recruitment Centre on Union Street, Newton Abbot on Wednesday 28th June.
The centre provides a range of IT and other support and is owned by Eat That Frog CIC, who work with disadvantaged people, offering training, education and work opportunities. As a community interest company, all profits from the company are invested back into community projects that directly benefit local people. For example, Job Centre Plus refer people to Eat That Frog to help them gain employability skills, work experience and overcome their barriers to work.
The Newton Abbot office also offers a drop in work club and an Ethical Recruitment Service to match local employers with work-ready staff (with the added bonus that all profits will be invested back into community projects).
A quiet room at the back of the centre is dedicated to providing education for 14 – 25 year olds who have not flourished in mainstream education due to health, emotional or behavioural barriers. Here, they can be catered to a 1:1 or small group basis and all programmes can be tailored for each learner’s individual needs. For example, young learners in Paignton use their gardening and catering skills to provide meals for an Over 50s lunchclub (they also provided a delicious buffet for guests to the Newton Abbot launch). Eat That Frog hope to get a similar ‘garden to kitchen to table’ community project up and running in Newton Abbot as well.
Managing Director, Ian Powell says: “Eat That Frog have been working in Torbay & South Devon for 6 years, enabling thousands of people to unlock their potential to contribute to the local community. We’re delighted to be working in Newton Abbot, and hope to welcome businesses, community projects and individuals to experience the difference we make.”
Town Development Manager Sally Henley says: “I have watched the new premises in Union Street take shape over the last few months and the Eat That Frog team have done a fantastic job with it. It’s great to see the investment that has taken place and to see an empty property brought back to life and with such an amazing organization operating from it! I was delighted to meet many members of the team and learners at the official opening and to hear about the important work that the organization does. I look forward to working closely with them in future.”