Eat That Frog wins national award for health and wellbeing support

Torbay Weekly

Torbay education and training provider Eat That Frog celebrated Mental Health Awareness Week with news of an award for their work with young SEND learners throughout the pandemic.

The Natspec Awards from the national specialist education provider network celebrate innovative practice in the specialist further education sector - and Eat That Frog were overall winners in the wellbeing and mental health category.

The community interest company, with centres in Torquay, Paignton, Newton Abbot and Plymouth, offer a range of free education and training opportunities for young people and adults.

Emma Seaman from Eat That Frog said: “It’s fantastic to be recognised for the support we’ve offered during Covid-19 for our young learners and for adults in the local community.

"Staff have worked incredibly hard to keep providing our much-needed courses, helping hundreds of people get back on track with their lives and careers through such a difficult year.”

The judge for the award, Liz Maudslay from the Association of Colleges, said: “I really liked the range of individual activities that students engaged in and the way they were so targeted to their own interests and needs.

"The enthusiasm with which staff and students entered into the activities was very evident and I was also impressed with the very real and meaningful links that were made with the community, especially the way in which the project recognised that one of the key aspects of improved mental health is doing things with and for others.”

Eat That Frog’s health and wellbeing programme is also available free for anyone aged over 19 as online study in small groups with support from an experienced and friendly tutor.

Sessions include diet and exercise, sleep and health, social media and mental wellbeing, confidence and self-awareness, stress and stress management, positive personal relationships, emotional resilience and assertive behaviour.

It has proved incredibly popular, with more than 600 online modules completed successfully so far.

Cherie, a recent adult learner, said: "It's been a brilliant experience. Our tutor is full of inspiration, hope, positivity and encouragement... especially during a pandemic when most felt lost or low.

"These courses kept me going when I had quite simply had enough. It's helped with everyday life, confidence and life skills and I shall continue to use the knowledge I've gained to better myself and create a brighter future for my family."