Your role in the volunteer community is vital to the growing success of BCS. Our group networks form an essential part of the membership experience, providing rich diversity, debate and development opportunities. This activity simply doesn’t happen without your dedication and commitment. But we know you face challenges along the way and there are opportunities to do things better, with the right support.

That’s why we’re launching our new beginnings programme, putting a spotlight on the contribution you make to our royal charter - and bringing clarity to our shared purpose.

Introduction to the programme

This inclusive programme combines a series of member conventions, online consultations, forums and discussion - enabling us to create a community manifesto and redefine our vision.

Together we can ensure our community thrives far into the future, is always far-reaching, and remains vibrant and relevant in an evolving industry.

Part 1: Introduction to the programme - Michael Grant, BCS President and Alastair Revell, BCS Vice-President

Making the programme happen

June 2019 was the first opportunity to become involved with the new beginnings programme; together, we reviewed a draft manifesto for the community (a shared purpose and set of values).

Part 2: Making the programme happen - Alastair Revell, BCS Vice-President and Holly Porter, BCS Director of Membership

A new purpose

Listening to feedback from the community - in 1:1s, Chair reports and representation to governance - it’s increasingly apparent we need to sharpen the focus on our purpose and culture. To help us achieve this, we’re creating the BCS Community principles.

These principles were created by you, with input from governance and staff. They define our values and inform how we run our community to support a progressive society of IT professionals.

Get involved

What does volunteering mean to you? There are many ways to participate in our new beginnings programme so be sure to have your say!

Monthly BCS Briefing

Our monthly BCS Briefing webinars will give member group volunteers a briefing on BCS workstreams and latest news.

Book now

Community Forum

Take part in a new initiative, the Community Forum, where you can share your views and help define our purpose.

Sign up today

Upcoming conventions

We’re hosting a series of events throughout our new beginnings programme bringing volunteers and group members together to focus on purpose, capability and success.

Spring Convention - 12 March 2020


An opportunity to celebrate our volunteers, share your successes and recognise your contribution.

Book now - Spring convention

Autumn Convention - 8 October 2020


An opportunity to celebrate our volunteers, share your successes and recognise your contribution.

Booking details to follow

What’s taking place across the community?

Keep up to date with all the latest from the volunteer community and new beginnings programme on our YouTube channel, Twitter, or Volunteer Portal.

You can also find our BCS Community newsletters below.