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Renaissance Retirement comes to the rescue of local CIC

16 April 2020

Nina Pierson our Chef Community Engagement Coordinator outside the CICs Paignton base

Renaissance Retirement has loaned a vehicle to Paignton based Eat that Frog after the vehicle they were using to deliver Meal Bags in the community broke down and could not be repaired. The loan vehicle ensures the Community Interest Company (CIC) can continue to support the Torbay wide community and get the much-needed Meal Bags to the most vulnerable local people during the current coronavirus crisis. From this week, Eat That Frog is also working as part of the Torbay Food Alliance, an innovative partnership bringing together foodbanks, the Community Development Trust, Torbay Council and Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, to maximise support for local people who are most in need.

The donation came about after Jane Branch, who works at Eat That Frog, put in a call to Renaissance Retirement seeking their help. Jane lives at Renaissance Retirement’s Fleur-de-Lis Paignton development, which is partly what inspired her to come up with the idea. The retirement developer set the wheels in motion and a vehicle was swiftly made available to enable the continuation of the preparation and delivery of Meal Bags.

Emma Seaman, Marketing and Communications Manager at Eat That Frog, was delighted with Renaissance Retirement’s response to Jane’s request: “I can’t tell you what a godsend the loan vehicle will be. We cannot thank Renaissance Retirement enough for their prompt and generous support.

“We decided, after the pandemic meant we had to temporarily close down our community fridge and the Over 50s lunch club, to diversify into preparing and delivering meals locally, firstly to our elderly lunch club members and then to some of the other very vulnerable people we work with. The partnership with Torbay Food Alliance means we will be ramping up our service, delivering Meal Bags to people who have been discharged from hospital or who are too frail to cook, referred to us by the NHS Adult Social Care team. Without the vehicle loan, Nina Pierson, our Chef & Community Engagement Coordinator, could not have continued to collect the food donated by supermarkets, restaurants and local companies that we use to prepare the meals. We can also use it to support other vehicles delivering the meals. An added benefit of delivering the Meal Bags is it allows us to keep a nurturing eye on vulnerable people in these difficult times and if needed, signpost them towards other help.”

Marc Evans, Regional Managing Director at Renaissance Retirement added: “When we got the request from Jane, one of our owners at Fleur-de-Lis Paignton, we wanted to do everything that we could do to help. The scale of the crisis is unprecedented, and we have been happy to support organisations like Eat that Frog and do our bit alongside others to help our local communities. Some of our owners at Fleur-de-Lis Paignton, who have needed it, are supported by Eat that Frog so it is a real community effort. I am delighted that the vehicle will also support Torbay Food Alliance, ensuring that we reach the most vulnerable in the community. It's great to be a part of such an important collaboration between local businesses, Eat that Frog and the local council.”

Eat That Frog was established in 2011, as a Community Interest Company in order to support people living in areas of multiple deprivation. Wherever possible, Eat That Frog provides learning, linked to community events and projects, to help people overcome barriers and improve the lives of disadvantaged Young and Adult learners and others within the local community. Other services offered include a community fridge and over 50’s lunch club. Eat That Frog also provides other services across Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Wiltshire, including The Prince’s Trust Team programme for young people.

Homes at Fleur-de-Lis Paignton has sold out however Renaissance Retirement’s stunning cliff side development in nearby Babbacombe, part of The Cavendish Collection, offers a beautiful selection of nine spacious two-bedroom homes in the sought-after seaside location. The developer is continuing to welcome telephone and email enquiries about the homes, where prices start from £410,000, on 01803 424 039 or [email protected]