Project Officer – Going Forward Programme

  • Full time
  • £26,522
  • One - two days a week in office at 4 Bernard Street, Edinburgh (Hybrid)
  • Closing 3rd June 2024

  • Advertised from 8th May 2024
  • 35 hrs / week until 30th June 2025, with a further funding beyond this being sought.


Do you enjoy working with people?

Do you have excellent communication and presentation skills, and experience working with young people?

We are looking for an enthusiastic Project Officer to join Fast Forward’s Going Forward Programme Team. This role will have a focus on formal and informal education settings, and youth participation.

Fast Forward is Scotland’s national youth work agency, focusing on supporting children & young people to make informed choices regarding, and take a harm reduction approach to, risk-taking behaviours, towards reducing the negative impacts of these on their lives and those of their families and wider community.

We promote health through programmes and resources developed by, with and for young people.

Our work is underpinned by the following values:

Integrity - Our work is dynamic and informed by expertise, lived experience and relevant research

Forward Thinking - We are brave and bold. We are creative in our approach to identifying and responding to risk taking behaviour.

Inclusive- We take a person centred approach. We are non-judgemental and respectful.

Collaborative - We coproduce, partner and learn with young people and experts from across the field

We are committed to delivering an inclusive service that creates opportunities for all, and do not tolerate discrimination. We welcome all people inclusive of ethnic background, disability, sex, religion or belief, gender identity or reassignment, sexual orientation, age, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, veteran status, and the many other parts of a person’s identity.

This includes our staff team and Board members, which include individuals from communities with protected characteristics.

Going Forward Project Background

Since May 2017, the Going Forward Project has worked with partner organisations to deliver workshop sessions to vulnerable and at-risk young people in formal and informal education settings. Our sessions focus on core themes of health, wellbeing and risk-taking behaviours, particularly:

  • substance misuse (alcohol, drugs, tobacco, e-cigarettes/vaping)
  • sexual health and relationships
  • online safety
  • drink spiking
  • consent
  • self-esteem and resilience
  • gambling harms

Youth Participation In line with United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), Fast Forward is committed to developing our children and young people's participation work. We want children and young people's experiences, opinions and suggestions to shape all aspects of our work. This role will play a key part in supporting this development, embedding a child rights approach to our work. This will include developing our children and young people's Shadow Board.

If you are interested in having a discussion about this vacancy contact Allie Cherry-Byrnes, CEO,

Application notes

Please complete all sections of the application form and other documents and return to by noon on Monday 3rd June 2024

Candidates will be invited to meet members of the Fast Forward staff team digitally on Mon 10th June. Interviews will be held on Wed 12th June 2024 at the Fast Forward offices, 4 Bernard St, Edinburgh EH6 6PP.

Previous applicants need not apply.