‘Coronavirus crisis has brought out the best in Torbay’

Eat That Frog's donated car outside The Pad in Paignton

Eat That Frog's donated car outside The Pad in Paignton - Credit: Archant

Eat That Frog are at the heart of our local community – since they launched in Torbay in 2011, they've helped thousands of local people overcome their barriers to a better life by offering training, employability skills and community support.

Jane from Morrisons donating flowers to Nina Pierson from Eat That Frog

Jane from Morrisons donating flowers to Nina Pierson from Eat That Frog - Credit: Archant

The coronavirus lockdown has made the 'frogs' even more determined to help local people, offering their services where they're most needed.

Though centres are currently closed, teaching staff are still working remotely 1:1 with teenaged students, using online technology to create quizzes and activities to ensure that learning can still happen productively.

Eat That Frog have even launched 'FrogTV' – a YouTube channel hosting some of these fun short videos to help learners - and it's available for anyone trying to teach their kids at home!

Eat That Frog are also reaching out to adults with free online support and courses.

They understand how difficult some people are finding it being stuck at home getting bored, stressed and isolated, so they've created free online courses to help.

Anyone signing up will get telephone support from friendly tutors and access to short, fun, modules that can be accessed from a computer or smartphone, with topics such as sleeping well, healthy relationships, personal safety and emotional resilience.

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They're also using many years of employability expertise to help people who need to find work during this crisis, with online support for job applications, interviews and writing a CV.

If you'd like to take advantage of this free support, please call 01803 551551 or email info@eatthatfrog.ac.uk

It's not just about learning – Eat That Frog are also helping to feed Torbay by turning their Paignton Community Fridge and Lunch Club into a Community Kitchen.

A team of dedicated staff and volunteers have been prepping up to 650 meals a week, supporting elderly Lunch Club regulars or vulnerable families with delicious dishes delivered to the door.

Eat That Frog's community coordinator Nina Pierson said: 'We've had amazing support from local people and businesses – this crisis has really brought out the best in Torbay.

'We've had such thoughtful donations – ingredients from Caterfood, fresh food and flowers for Eatser from Morrisons, packaging from More Seafood, hand sanitiser from Deckchair Gin, just to name a few.

'Torbay Council have been incredibly supportive, generously providing an extra fridge and freezer, which means we can turn donated fresh ingredients into a supply of nourishing meals such as soups and casseroles, to help people isolated at home.'

Eat That Frog are really proud to be part of the Torbay Food Alliance – an innovative group of local food banks, voluntary and ​community support groups in partnership with Torbay Council and Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust.

Eat That Frog and Ellacombe Community Partnership are taking referrals to deliver meals to the most vulnerable and at-risk people in Torbay – those who have been discharged from hospital or are too frail to cook meals for themselves.

Emma Seaman, ETF's marketing manager, said: 'The Torbay Food Alliance is something really new and exciting for Torbay – a shining example of different organisations pulling together for the greater good.

'Some of us have worked together informally before, but we've now formed this partnership working with the council, NHS and Adult social care referrers to make the very best use of sometimes limited resources and ensure no-one in Torbay who is really in need should go hungry.'

• If you'd like to help this vital work, The Torbay Food Alliance are raising money via a crowdfunder supported by Torbay Council – you can donate at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/torbay-food-alliance

• If you, or someone you know, could benefit from support with food at this time, contact the Torbay Help Hub on 01803 446022 for a referral for a food parcel or meal deliveries.