Eat That Frog is a Community Interest Company; our aim is to enable people to unlock or recognise their potential to contribute to the local community whilst overcoming or managing barriers in their life.

We also work with employers and other partner organisations to develop sustainable employment opportunities. Central to our work is helping people to develop new skills and gain paid employment

People’s barriers maybe caused by lack of skills, disability, lifestyle issues, or one of many other factors.

Our Latest News:

New programmes available now!

Get Ready For Work – overcome your challenges and build the confidence to move into paid work or self-employment. This free programme will develop a personalised action plan and portfolio to enable you to get a job. You’ll have access to IT and business skills, 1:1 mentoring, well-being support, fitness workshops, work experience opportunities, lifestyle skills and more.

Available to anyone aged 16-64 in the Torbay area, who is unemployed / claiming JSA / ESA, not in the Work Programme / Work Choice, and has a health or disability related issue.

Self-Start – Living in South Devon, unemployed and thinking about self-employment? Working for yourself is a great way to balance your work / life commitments, and this free programme will help build your motivation, giving you a portfolio of skills and tools to help you succeed. Includes: access to IT and business skills, Marketing / Accounting workshops, 1:1 mentoring, guidance and support.

Available to anyone aged 16-64 who is unemployed and not in the Work Programme / Work Choice (excludes Torbay & Newton Abbot).

Level 3 IT – Advanced – This hands-on, practical course will improve your skills using IT for business, social media and web. Get the qualification that will help you work more effectively and improve your career prospects. Learn at your own pace, with  flexible learning to fit round your work / life commitments. Course fees can be fully funded by a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan (ask us for more details).

Available to anyone over 24 years old (employed or unemployed).

For all these NEW programmes, call for more details on 01803-551551 and ask for Kirsty. 


Coming soon – new centres in Torquay and Newton Abbot

Watch this space for details of two new centres opening in Summer 2016. These centres will offer a range of services to help local people on their journey to a more fulfilling life – including our NEW  Ethical Recruitment Agency, and a full programme of employability skills support and training.

Our latest success stories!

Smart choice for catering students: We were pleased to receive an award in March 2016 from the Torbay Mayor’s fund. The cash has gone towards supplying our student chefs with their own Chef’s Whites, handbook and kitchen tools, meaning they’re fully equipped to go into work at any professional kitchen!   Read More

Trainees transform beauty spot:  A team of previously unemployed students gained valuable qualifications and work experience while transforming the grounds at Parkfield from a wasteland to a community resource.   Read More

Contacting Eat That Frog

For all enquiries, please ring 01803 551551 for The Pad in Paignton.

If you do need to contact a tutor, call direct to the number above and we will get them to contact you back.

For the latest information on courses / services currently available, please contact us using the form at the bottom of the page – we aim to get back to you within 48 hours.

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Woo-hoo! Delighted to see the official launch of Heart of Torbay today, after owner Sharon Nelson accessed Eat That Frog's self-employment guidance service to get her up and running! Pop along this weekend for fun, positivity, entertainment, shopping, pampering, crystal healing, Tarot readings, offers, customer goodie bags and more!
5 Palk Street, in front of the Pavilion, adjacent to Cary Green fountain in Torquay - the shop opens at 10:00 and then between 11:30 and 12:00 Minnie Mouse will be entertaining the kids and handing out balloons, all overseen by a fantastic local childminder who'll also be offering face painting and a colouring competition. There will be a fantastic live musician in the afternoon for the adults to enjoy. With dry weather forecast and the shop being surrounded by plenty of bars and restaurants what more could you want! 😀💕
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Grand Opening!

July 16, 2016, 10:00am - July 17, 2016, 11:00am

Heart of Torbay

A celebration of the opening of Heart of Torbay including free goodie bags for customers; a visit from Minnie Mouse at 11:30 giving away heart shaped balloons; a great competition; offers; various ent...

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Ethical Recruitment:

As part of the expansion of our services, we will soon be launching a full-service Ethical Recruitment Agency, with offices in Torquay, Paignton and Newton Abbot.

What makes us different? Well, we won’t simply shoe-horn you into any old job so we can earn our commission… our vision is to ensure that all our clients are given the appropriate support, employability skills and training to ensure they are 100% ready and able to work – and hit the ground running! This is obviously a much better result for our clients AND for their new employers.

The other big difference is that the profit made by the agency side of our business will be invested back into our community work – so employers using us to recruit will know they are also investing in the future of Torbay and South Devon.


Jobs at Eat That Frog:

Due to our plans to offer a full recruitment service for local people and companies, we will have a number of exciting job opportunities. Please check this page regularly for the latest additions.




Certificate in Education & Training – Looking to work within further education or in different training sectors? This course replaces the PTLLS qualification, and prepares you to work in the Adult education sector.

For more details, click to download our course leaflet: Certificate in Education & Training

Through our Learning Services, Eat That Frog provides community based projects.

Each project has staff, volunteers and learners that offer a community service.

The Pad – Paignton

Over 50’s Lunch Club, Friday
Meeting every Friday, our fun and friendly lunch club includes entertainment, Bingo and a two course meal (including coffee or tea) – and costs just £6.00 per person.

All meals are prepared with fresh ingredients and cooked by our trainee chefs, who are aiming to work in Torbay’s hotel and catering industry. The session is open from 10.30 – 3.30, with lunch service at 12.30.

For more info, please call us on 01803-551551

Catering in the community
To broaden the skills gained by our students we also offer a range of outside catering for meetings, parties and other special events, having catered for both large and small scale functions at Parkfield.

We have a range of set menus available, but can also help build a bespoke menu to fit your budget. Contact Nina for more information on 01803 551551 or e-mail

Work Club
If you are currently looking for work, we offer free access to the internet, Universal Jobmatch and resources to help get on line and create your CV.

If you need help to get on line, search and apply for work or to create a CV we can provide access to short courses where a tutor can help develop job seeking and computer skills.


Castle Circus House – Torquay

Eat That Frog
Suite 21-22 Castle Circus House, 
136 Union St, 
Torquay, TQ2 5QG
01803 203220


We offer a range of services here from 9am – 5pm on Monday – Friday, including Employability and IT courses,  and Learn My Way open learning.

Work Club
If you are currently looking for work, we offer free access to the internet, Universal Jobmatch and resources to help get on line and create your CV.

If you need help to get on line, search and apply for work or to create a CV we can provide access to short courses where a tutor can help develop job seeking and computer skills.

frog1Get ahead of the competition

Our range of vocational qualifications are set in practical volunteering environments so not only can you learn in a practical work place but you will also gain a work related reference.

Learning new skills with Eat That Frog C.I.C. leads to nationally recognised qualifications. Our unique approach to delivery of qualifications will help you identify how you may need to adapt other aspects of your life to overcome personal barriers.

Discover My Skills

A short course, two days in duration which provides the learner with initial jobsearch skills to meet the day one requirements of Jobcentre Plus.

Get a step up the ladder with support from our award winning professional team; we will help you discover YOUR best way to get a job!

Discover My Skills Leaflet

Free if you’re 19+ and seeking work

Enhance My Skills

Whether security, warehouse, construction, hospitality, retail, professional roles or any other sector of work – this course will give you the edge in getting the job you want and put you ahead of the rest.

This course will be tailored to the skills for your job search, you will learn how to tackle the interview, create or improve a personal statement with maximum effect.

We will help you discover YOUR best way to get a job, delivered by our award winning professional team.

During this 5 day course, you will gain a full qualification.

Enhance My Skills Leaflet

Free if you’re 19+ and seeking work

Skills For Jobs – Computers

Computer skills are needed in every industry, we offer basic and intermediate in a flexible way for you to set the pace with your learning.

Offering individual units of qualifications so you can just learn the skills you need. These courses offer level 1 and 2 in the use of common office software, using Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, Access and the fundamentals of using a computer.

Skills For Jobs – Computers Leaflet

Free if you’re 19+ and seeking work

Maths & English

If you want to improve your maths and English skills we can help you to do this, either for specific subjects, like use Capital letters or decimal point or for a full qualification. We offer a wide range of City and Guilds units or APT Functional skills in English or Mathematics at level 1 or 2.

Maths & English Leaflet

Free if you’re 19+ and seeking work

Skills Evolve

Operating term time, between school hours this four week course will give you new skills whilst gaining a work related reference from your volunteering role. This course can help you move closer to getting a career in customer service, hospitality, catering and much more.


Free if you’re 19+ and seeking work

Skills For Jobs – Hospitality

Thinking of work in the hospitality and catering industry, learning in a practical centre providing a food service you will gain a real and practical experience to develop your skills.

Whilst on this course, you will build individual units, which can include front of house skills and professional cooking skills. Our award winning professional team will be on hand to help and support you throughout your journey.

Upon completion of a full qualification, you will have the opportunity to gain your food hygiene certificate at no cost.

Skills For Jobs – Hospitality Leaflet

Free if you’re 19+ and seeking work

Work to Learn – (for age 16-18)

Like a college or sixth form this course can be consider as full time education for benefit purposes. We can help you build a programme of study that will include a main subject (ICT, Business Administration, Customer Service, Horticulture, Hospitality & catering) along with maths, English and Employability skills. If you are living independently or in a household with a low income you may be entitled to a bursary whilst you are studying.


Free if you were over 16 or under 19 on the 1st of August

Professional Cookery

If you either need some formal qualifications to return to the catering industry or have never learnt any cookery skills, this course is for you. You can study in a practical volunteering opportunity one subject at a time and build these into a full qualification. These courses are offered at Level 1 or 2 and recognised within the catering industry.


Free if you’re 19+ and seeking work

Our Work Services offer a unique mix of practical support to identify and overcome barriers together with access to training for new skills.

We work with Jobcentre Plus to provide one to one mentoring through our multiple barrier support or join one of our courses to update your job search and employability skills.

Multiple Barrier Support

support-imageRegardless of the career you wish to follow, catering, care, accounting, etc, we can help through Multiple Barrier Support to move you closer to or in to work. Provided in association with jobcentre plus and co-located within Jobcentres, our staff help you to identify personal barriers in searching for and gaining work.

We will review your work, career and education history and then help you see how work fits into your life.

This is provided on a one to one basis for a minimum of four weeks. Whilst currently funded by Jobcentre plus this service can also be purchased by other agencies. Email for further information.


Specialist Support – Self Employment

support-image2This provision is arranged through your jobcentre or other agency if you require one to one support to develop your business idea and develop it into a business plan.

In addition you will examine different types of self-employment and the legal requirements of running your type of business.

We will build a bespoke package around your individual needs, over five sessions and help you identify any lifestyle issues or barriers and how to overcome these.

Whilst currently funded by Jobcentre plus this service can also be purchased by other agencies. Email for further information.

Work Club

Work club is a voluntary service, providing you access to computer facilities to help you get on line and look for work.

This is a drop in service and will depend on the available resources on the day you attend. On occasions volunteers will be available at the work club to help you use the computers or look for work.

We will also help to identify if you would benefit from gaining any new skills in your job searching or use of Universal Jobmatch


Pre-employment courses

pre-employment-imageOffering either a short two day or more in-depth 5 day course leading to a full qualification, these courses help you gain fundamental skills in how to search and apply for work.

These courses link to the governments Universal Jobmatch and will guide you through how get the best from the site.

For further information see our Learning page which lists our courses in more detail

Courses are Free if you’re 19+ and seeking work

Eat That Frog C.I.C. history:

Eat That Frog CIC was established in January 2011, by like-minded people coming together to set up a social enterprise. Based around People, Values and Quality, the Directors wanted to enable people to identify and overcome the barriers they face at various times in life. In April 2011 Eat That Frog was approached to save the Paignton Day Centre from closure. This was refocused as “The Pad” and continues to provide a lunch club for the over 50’s, a work club and many learning opportunities.


Sean Westlake (Business Development Director) and Esther McVey (Minister for Disabled People)

Following a successful application to the Department for Work and Pensions in Sept 2011, Eat That Frog began to shine in moving people into employment, utilising the Directors’ belief in peoples’ own skills and abilities; recognising the need for holistic support defined by each person. This led to them being shortlisted in two categories for national supplier Excellence awards from DWP, winning the award for Customer Delivery.

In April 2012 Eat That Frog was approached to continue a catering education service formerly run by Grubs Up in Plymouth, this offered catering for older peoples’ lunches in external venues as part of Eat That Frog’s commitment to developing social capital through staff, student and customer volunteering.

In April 2013 Eat That Frog was asked to present at the DWP Supplier Engagement event in London and was presented a Commendation “For the support the organisation has provided to DWP customers with multiple disadvantages/barriers to employment”. Shown here Sean Westlake (Business Development Director) receiving the award from Esther McVey (then Minister for Disabled People)

During 2014 and 2015 we welcomed Riviera FM, an internet-based community radio station, to co-locate with us at The Pad in Paignton; providing a venue and services for their volunteer presenters and guests.


Directors Ian Powell and Sean Westlake

In May 2015, Eat That Frog was successfully named as one of the winners of the Big Venture Challenge. Being selected as one of the winners gave Eat That Frog the opportunity to gain up to £100,000 match funding and up to £500,000 of social investment.

For more information about our Big Venture Challenge win please see the links below to news stories from The Herald Express and Western Morning News.

Click here for – Herald Express   Click here for – Western Morning News

Our community activities continued to develop in 2015, offering trainees the chance to learn skills for industry by providing voluntary services within the community; expanding to provide an older peoples’ lunch club at Devonport Views in Plymouth and providing grounds maintenance and horticulture training at the Parkfield site in Paignton.

2016 sees us celebrating our 5th anniversary and a further expansion to provide more services benefiting our community – helping clients who wish to gain their CSES labourer’s card, mentoring even more local people from a variety of backgrounds into work or self-employment, as well as launching Devon’s first Ethical Recruitment Agency.

And so our story continues…

Meet the directors of Eat That Frog C.I.C.

directors-imageShown here in 2013 holding the Department of Work & Pension Commendation and Award (from left) Business Development Director Sean Westlake, Managing Director Ian Powell and Business Operations Director Gail Rochelle.

Directors’ backgrounds

Ian Powell: with over 20 years experience in project management working for a global corporation, Ian also has extensive knowledge of enablement services as sub-contract manager of the former Nextstep (adult careers) service for Dorset and Somerset and worked within management of Learning Disability Services.

Sean Westlake: with a background in self employment Sean also has senior management experience in further education, supported employment and commissioning of services; he is a qualified lecturer who teaches management, ICT and business support subjects.

Gail Rochelle: comes with an extensive background in management of Care Services and has previously developed Person Centred Planning services for people receiving adult social care.

Contact Us

Our centres

Our centres offer a range of community, learning and work opportunities in a friendly relaxing environment

The centres are accessible for people with disabilities and have good public transport links, being on main bus routes and close to train connections.

Parking is available in Pay & Display facilities or in some instances on neighbouring roads.

thepadThe Pad
89 Torquay Road

01803 551551

Providing voluntary services for the community that gives access to a lunch club for the over 50’s and a Work Club.

Volunteering and Work Experience opportunities in Hospitality, Customer Service or supporting the Work Club.

Offering qualifications to develop Employability Skills, Professional Cookery and Customer Service.

Castle Circus House

Suite 21-22
136 Union Street

01803 203220


Providing a voluntary Work Club and qualifications to develop Employability Skills, Maths, English and Computer Skills

Volunteer and Work Experience opportunities in learner support

Off Colin Rd

01803 698916

Providing Forest School and Land Based Skills qualification together with Work Experience and volunteering opportunities to assist in maintaining the grounds of Parkfields.


01803 551551

Eat That Frog C.I.C. The Pad, 89 Torquay Road, Paignton, Devon TQ3 2SE