More than 1,000 volunteers are providing technical support as a “rapid response” force for food banks and social projects in Scotland as the economic impact of the pandemic grows.
Formed at the height of the crisis, the Scottish Tech Army (STA) are using technology to help solve social issues as demand for and the number of people expected to access or donate to food banks increases.
“We’ve worked on about 150 different projects so far, on a very wide range of things from the food bank project, supporting the management of PPE in care homes, and supporting organisations that help vulnerable people such as the elderly, refugees, and dispersed communities,” said Alastair Forbes, the group’s founder.
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The STA recruits include staff placed on the furlough scheme from their regular jobs, to assemble a Covid-19 “rapid response” force and provide technical support to rebuild projects across Scotland.
And now, working with the Trussell Trust, the STA is rolling out technology to help Scottish foodbanks prepare for a rise in winter demand.