Moving your activity online during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a rapid transition for many organisations and individuals as they switch their activities online. We've seen a remarkable effort from our member groups as you seek to carry on supporting member development and organise yourselves to support your local communities during ‘business unusual’. To help you get your activities online we've developed guidance to support you

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.

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).

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.

Pre-Convention discussions - June 2020


18, 23 and 30 June at 13:00 - 14:00 or 18:00 - 19:00

An opportunity for volunteers to discuss their experiences of the pandemic and how they are getting on during these ‘unprecedented’ times. These discussions will help to feed into the agenda for the conventions.

Book on a pre-convention discussion

Branches convention - July 2020


7 July at 14:00 - 16:00, repeated at 18:00 - 20:00

The central theme to this convention will be 'the new normal' - identifying the respective roles of branches and how we can serve our membership in an online environment. 

Book now for the Branches convention

Specialist Groups convention - July 2020


9 July at 14:00 - 16:00, repeated at 18:00 - 20:00

The central theme to this convention will be 'the new normal' - identifying the respective roles of specialist groups and how we can serve our membership in an online environment.

Book now for the Specialist Groups convention

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.