Previous Projects

Past Projects

Below you can find out more about some of the past projects run by Fast Forward.

Black and Minority Ethnic Project Work

Fast Forward  committed to building links with BME projects and communities around Scotland over many years.  Educational resources, workshops and group work were delivered. Work in Edinburgh took place with the Pakistani communities and in and around Leith with other ethnic groups. The work later expanded to Glasgow and the Somali communities , and in subsequent years the focus became Gypsy Traveller communities in Scotland.

NKBL Peer Education Project

This project was part of the national No Knives Better Lives initiative. Groups of young people across Scotland were trained in peer education methods and their application to addressing knife crime and other issues. Training was also provided to adult practitioners wanting to develop peer education in their area.

The Edinburgh Team

Working across the city of Edinburgh with both community and school based groups, this group-work programme delivered educational inputs to young people aged 12 to 25 years and to practitioners working with them. The programme developed over several years and various initiatives sprang from it – including particular work on Drink Spiking, On-street drinking, and work on performance and image enhancing drugs.


Fast Forward received funding for 2 years (2012-14) from the Robertson Trust to develop the SMARTER Project (Substance Misuse Awareness Reaching Teens with Equal Regard), with ENABLE Scotland.

The aim of this project was to improve the health and wellbeing of young people with learning disabilities, aged 14 to 21, in relation to drug, alcohol and tobacco issues.

The Volunteering Project

Over many years, Fast Forward operated a project for young volunteers. The focus of this work was often on the skills, training, and knowledge that young people were provided with to then go and deliver work to other young people or to assist Fast Forward staff in their projects. Peer education and the development of resources and sessions plans were key to this work.