Our Story

Building local communities 

January 2011

Eat That Frog Community Interest Company was established by like-minded people coming together to set up a social enterprise, based around People, Values and Quality. Our Directors wanted to enable people to identify and overcome their barriers to live a more fulfilled life.

April 2011

We were approached to save the Paignton Day Centre from closure. This was refocused as "The Pad" to provide a sustainable future and continues to provide a lunch club to the 'Over 50's' together with a work club and many learning opportunities.

September 2011

We began working successfully to move people into employment, helping local people tap into their own skills and abilities while recognising their need for holistic support. This led to us being shortlisted in two categories for the national Supplier Excellence Awards from the Department for Work and Pensions, winning the award for Customer Delivery.

April 2012

We were approached to run a catering education service in Plymouth, which we expanded to offer catering for older peoples' lunches and community events whilst achieving catering training for young people. This strengthened our commitment to developing social capital through staff, student and customer volunteering.

April 2013

We were asked to present at the DWP Supplier Engagement event in London and received a Commendation "For the support the organisation has provided to DWP customers with multiple disadvantages/barriers to employment".

June 2014

We achieved the MATRIX quality standard, being judged by the assessor as making "a significant and life changing difference" for the people we work with. We successfully retained the standard in 2017.

May 2015

We were named as one of the winners of the Big Venture Challenge, giving us the opportunity to raise social investment and match funded grants.


We gained funding from the Big Lottery for the Local Sustainability Fund and grants from DWP to support various employment and support pathways across Devon, Somerset and Cornwall. We also became part of several ERDF projects supporting young people in the South West.

November 2016

We were absolutely delighted to be declared the winners of the prestigious Herald Express award for Community Group of the Year. We were described on the evening as 'inspiring', and 'top of the class'.


Shortlisted for the South Devon Business Excellence awards for our Corporate and Social Responsibility ethos.

December 2017

We became sole trustee of The Learning Curve, a charitable organisation providing training across Wiltshire and Swindon, forming the Eat That Frog Group.

March 2018

We had our first full Ofsted inspection and were delighted to be graded 'GOOD' across the board!

November 2018

Managing Director and founder Ian Powell is a finalist for the Community Leader award from the Locality organisation.

September 2019

Eat That Frog are finalists for Enterprise Learning Provider of the year in the IOEE / SFEDI awards, for working with unemployed people who aim to become self-employed or start their own business.

March 2020

During the Covid -19 lockdowns, our team of staff and volunteers provided thousands of meals for some of the most vulnerable people in our community as well as acting as a distribution hub for tonnes of food for our Food Alliance Partners.

May 2021

We were delighted to win the Natspec Award for our Wellbeing & Mental Health Support.

We now work from 7 centres and numerous community locations across three countries, achieving great outcomes for people from all walks of life. Our community projects and adult training programmes continue to grow and develop according to local market needs. 

Our bespoke educational provision for young people, especially those with special educational needs (autism, Asperger’s, mental ill-health etc.) has been widely praised, and we have direct contract status with the Education Funding Agency, which enables us to offer further opportunities in a wider range of curriculum areas. 


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