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.

In the last six months alone, you have run 232 events, reaching many members and non-members.

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.

What is the new beginnings 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.

A new manifesto

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 Manifesto.

Alistair Revell, Community Board Vice-President, is facilitating the development of the new manifesto - currently in draft form - and we need your contribution!

The final manifesto will be created by you, with input from governance and staff. It will define our purpose and inform how we run our community to support a progressive society of IT professionals.

Get involved

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

November 2019 convention

Meet other volunteers, exchange ideas and contribute to the development of our Community Manifesto.

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Volunteer forum

Take part in a new initiative, the Chair’s 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.

Role Based Convention - 5 November 2019


A closer look at the skills and support needed to deliver the new manifesto.

Spring Convention - 12 March 2020


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

What’s taking place across the community?

Keep up to date with all the latest from the volunteer community and new beginnings programme in our BCS Community newsletter.

July 2019 newsletter

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February 2019 newsletter