NO KNIVES, BETTER LIVES
We currently work in partnership with Scottish Government initiative No Knives, Better Lives, which trains young people as peer educators as well as training the trainers to help tackle antisocial behaviour and the prevalence of knife possession in Scotland.
Through this partnership we are able to provide free training to groups of young people and adult workers. If you would like to learn more, contact Calum Ware on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peer education is based on the belief that young people often learn effectively when the message is given by other young people. This way of working is also beneficial to the personal and social development of the peer educator.
It is also often used with topics that may be considered difficult to approach. Sexual health, drugs and alcohol education, bullying and other ‘sensitive’ issues are approached from the young person’s perspective.
With training peer educators develop the confidence, skills and knowledge to deliver a session. The process is one of personal development, increasing self-esteem and gaining skills that are transferable to future work or training. Peer educators gain confidence from each other by delivering and shadowing sessions with Fast Forward staff.
Our volunteers ensure that we remain relevant to the needs of young people. Volunteers get involved in a variety of projects including researching potential areas for work, designing materials and creating resources and assisting in programs.They can run workshops at a variety of events and promote the benefits of volunteering for young people. No previous experience is necessary.
Interested in volunteering? Click http://www.fastforward.org.uk/site-information/volunteering.html to see our Volunteer page.
SCOTTISH PEER EDUCATION NETWORK (SPEN)
We support peer education projects across Scotland through operating SPEN, the Scottish Peer Education Network. If you're interested in finding out more about the network, joining, or starting and developing a peer education project of your own, get in touch through the SPEN website.
DEVELOPING LIFE SKILLS
There is no set length of time for involvement, some remain for a few months and some stay for years. Support is given to help volunteers move on to whatever destination they feel is best suited.
For further information, please get in touch.