About us

Our track record

Fast Forward was established as a national charity in 1987. At the heart of our work is enabling young people to make informed choices about their health, wellbeing and lifestyles.  We provide experiential learning based on accurate information and sound advice. Substance misuse education and prevention – on drugs, alcohol, tobacco, volunteering and peer education are at the core of what we do.

Flexible and responsive.

We work directly with young people aged between 12 and 25 years in group work and projects; we provide volunteering experience for young people and young adults; and we promote support and develop peer education groups across Scotland. We can deliver training to a range of other professionals and agencies.

Engaging with and involving young people directly in what we do, helps us to learn.

This contributes to the development of our information resources. Fast Forward’s work is dynamic because it focuses on the needs and issues of today’s young people. We respond to developing social trends and to the evidence that demonstrates changing needs and behaviours in young people.  Fast Forward is experienced in developing approaches that are attractive to and have credibility with young people. Our staff are skilled youth/ community workers or health professionals who want to make a positive difference.

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Dave's perspective

“I joined Fast Forward as a volunteer in the mid-nineties.. To be honest, it was on a whim that I contacted Fast Forward – the idea of doing something that was worthwhile, social and fun with my spare time was an attractive idea.

I began by shadowing others and building up confidence and soon I was delivering substance education sessions to young people, parents and professionals around the country. Each event had something different and I built up a range of skills and knowledge.

After two years of volunteering I joined the Board of Directors as a volunteer representative. As a volunteer, I learned about presentation skills, substance use and health issues, working with young people and peer education. All this helped me secure my first full-time job in a youth project.

In 2007 I became Chairman of the Board – taking a leading role in the governance and strategic leadership of the charity. All of this experience helped prepare me for my current role managing another voluntary sector organisation.”

In Dave’s fifteen years with Fast Forward he has grown both as a person and as a practitioner. Much of this is down to the supportive environment that the organisation fosters and the drive of the staff team, volunteers and the Board of Directors.

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