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The Spur

The Spur

February 2018

The Newsletter of Torbay Scouts       Est. 1953

(Registered Charity No: 1027059)

Change of Role

Are you changing, or have you changed your role?
The following information may be of use to leaders that have, or are thinking of changing role.
When a change of role is approved by the appointments advisory committee and the DC the person concerned will be issues with a provisional role, before that role can be made full they will have to complete and validate part of the ‘Getting Started’ started modules within 5 months of appointment – a PLP and (3) Tools for the Role (Section Leaders) or (4) Tools for the role (Managers and Supporters)
The following is taken from the ‘Change of Role’ factsheet, the full factsheet can be found here

‘It is not unusual for an adult to change roles in Scouting. This may happen for a number of reasons, for instance, as a result of an appointment review, a change in personal circumstances, or a vacancy occurring.
This change of role may be from a Section Leader to a manager or supporter, or vice versa, or perhaps a Section Leader wishing to change sections.
All adults taking on a role, whether new to Scouting or changing a role, should be offered support and training to ensure that they are equipped to carry it out safely and effectively. In most cases a change of role is likely to result in a Personal Learning Plan needing to be completed.

If the adult is changing roles, particularly if they already hold a Wood Badge, there will be modules they have automatically completed by recognition of their previous training. The matrix at the end of this factsheet goes into the detail relating the modules to the change of role. The learner will then need to validate the modules that have not automatically been completed by the change of role.’

If you are changing Role you will need to complete (3)Tools for the Role (Section Leaders) or (4)Tools for the role (Managers and Supporters) this can be don online HERE

To validate I or your TA, if you have one, will need to see sight of the online completion certificate and a witness statement from a leader within your section that you have run a game, a ceremony or an activity appropriate to the section you are involved with.

Details of other evidence for validation can be found for leaders at –  or for managers HERE–
Due to the lack of Training Advisors we will automatically default all other training needs in the PLP to ‘yes’ training needed, unless/until you can produce evidence to validate the modules

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Is your First Aid Kit Up To Date?
I use a scout based company for all my first aid supplies and they have now offered me a 7% discount code that all scouters/groups/districts and parents are invited to make use of. Their service and equipment is very good and all profit goes back into scouting.
The site is called Eastbourne District Scout First Aid Team and the web site is
All you need to do is enter the code DEVON18 in the promo box to obtain 7% off most items on orders over £25 They will keep this running throughout 2018 and if enough people use it they will consider increasing the discount for 2019. I have set a code up DEVON18 which runs from now until 31st December.
It excludes High VIz Items, Badges, Defibs & manikins.

We are happy to supply to all of the extended Scout Family in Devon (Scouters, Parents).
Linda Buckland, County Safeguarding and first aid trainer.

Welcome to your February’s Adult Training ‘bit’ for the Spur

A New Year and new opportunities!
Members of the County training team would like to welcome you and your leadership team to the new Devon Scouts Adult Training Hub.
The Devon Scouts Adult Training Hub contains all the tools and information you as Leaders will need to help you through your training adventure, and beyond.
Need to attend a training course?
No problem. We have embedded a calendar into the site, advertising future training and validation events around the County including an online booking system.
There is also access to an online Leader Training Manual, information on alternative Training Methods, and Module Validation documents. The site includes information on the New Manager and Supporters Training for GSL’s and ADC’s.
We hope you find the site useful and any feedback to improve the website would be appreciated.

Leaders Workshops
I will be holding Leader’s workshop on a Saturday morning between 10a.m. and 12 noon, I will be there to answer any questions regarding training, the new management and Leadership training or if you need training modules validated please feel free to drop in.
Dates will be advertised in the Calendar at: please make a booking by registering if you would like a chat or a validation completed
Getting Started Modules 1, 2 & 3
Please note you have 5 months from your appointment date to complete the getting started modules. Modules (1) Essential Information and (3) Tools for the role can be complete online. When completed please make sure you print the certificate on complete as you will need it for validation:-
Module 1 you will need a certificate of completion of module 1, certificate of completion of online Safety and a certificate of completion or attendance of a Scout safeguarding course – please note that if the online Scout Safeguarding course is completed it will be valid for 1 year and a face to face course should be completed within the year.
Module 2 you will need a Certificate of completion of module 1 and a witness statement from your section leader that you have successfully run a game, activity or ceremony appropriate to the section you are connected with

Module 1

01: Essential Information

Online Training Module

Module 3
03: Tools for the Role (Section Leaders)

Online Training Module

Mandatory Ongoing Learning
The Mandatory Ongoing Learning consists of an up to date:
First Aid certificate (Valid for 3 years)
Safeguarding (Valid for 5 years)
Safety (Valid for 5 years)
It is important to make sure yours are all up to date

For those of you that need to complete or update your mandatory Safeguarding course the next local course will be held at Torbay District Scout Headquarters – Details on the Calendar

Don’t forget, your Mandatory Ongoing Learning needs. You need a Valid Safety certificate,  send Ian a copy for validation and to update compass.

First Aid – First Response
For those of you who need to complete or update your mandatory First Aid the next local course will be held at
Teignbridge District Scout Headquarters – Details on the Calendar

Contact Simon Squires or myself for all things ‘Scout training’ on the email addresses below.
Please note that my blueyonder email is being phased out and will not be monitored on a regular basis.



I wonder if you can help us?
We are a small charity called Holiday Homes Trust and are based at Gilwell Park. You may have heard of us or even met us at the Gilwell Reunions.
We have a few caravans dotted around the country and they are all adapted for wheelchairs. Our aim is to provide holidays for disabled people and people with special needs at a price they can afford.
We have strong scouting connections having been founded by a Scout Leader back in 1969 and a lot of our volunteers are scouts.
We have a caravan based at Hoburne Devon Bay (Paignton) and are in need of a cleaner who can do turnaround cleans on a Saturday between 11 am and 3 pm. This would be from March to October every year.
We are willing to pay £25 for a good cleaner.
Do you know of anyone who would be interested or are you willing to help us by placing an advert in your newsletters or social media pages for us please?
Johannah Browne, Administrator.
Please note that our office hours are 8.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. – Monday to Friday

The Holiday Homes Trust
Gilwell Park
Chingford, London E4 7QW
Tel: 020 8433 7290



I can now confirm the date and venue for the cooking competition for the Riviera cluster heat. The dates are:

Cluster heat: Saturday 31st March at Watcombe, Torbay between 11am and 3pm (two selected)
County final: Sunday 15th April at Beer, East Devon (two selected)
Regional final: Sunday 29th April 2018, Shurdington Village Hall, Gloucestershire

The venue hire of the event is being provided free by the county. Scouts will need to buy and bring their own ingredients and equipment as per the competition rules (attached). A group can enter as many teams of 4 as they like.
Registration is a simple online form asking for contact details and number of teams for more information, then get in touch via


Indoor Climbing and Bouldering Walls

Here at the 1st Torbay (St.Marychurch) Scout Group we have a purpose built indoor climbing wall and a separate bouldering wall. In addition, we have a full range of equipment including helmets, harnesses and climbing shoes for use by all ages.

We invite all groups in the district to use of both walls and equipment to run indoor climbing and bouldering sessions for their sections under the supervision of their own permit holder.
The hire cost for use of both walls and all the equipment is £25 per session.
If you would like to book a session please email –


As you have probably know by now I have taken over the role of ADC Cubs for Torbay. Over the next few months I will be visiting all the groups however initially I have arranged a meeting for all Section Leaders, Assistant Leaders and Section Assistants to take place at Watcombe Camp site on 10th February at 10.30am. Tea, Coffee and biscuits will be provided. This will be an opportunity for you to meet other Cub Leaders from Torbay, swap ideas and have input into forthcoming District events.

Please can you arrange for a representative of your Cub Pack to attend?
I look forward to meeting you all on 10th February

Julie Sheppard,



The Scout Shop                                                                      

For all your terms badges, neckers and uniform the Scout shop  is open, term time inc half term, on Saturday mornings from. 10-00am – 12.00 noon
Thank you,
Becky Fuller, Scout Shop Manager

Footnote from the Editor

Closing date for contributions to the March 2017

Issue of The Spur is Saturday February 24th 2017

Contributions should be e-mailed in Word please to: or can be posted to

David Johnson, 11, Boundary Road Chelston, Torquay. TQ2 6LR or by telephone (evenings 8 to 9.30) on 01803 605417

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