Free Business Volunteer Support

Business in the Community (BITC) and its network of business members are leading a movement to create a fair and sustainable world in which to live and work. Formed in 1982, and with HRH The Prince of Wales as our Royal Founding Patron, BITC are the largest and longest-established membership organisation dedicated to responsible business. They work and campaign with more than 600 members to continually grow their responsible business practices, uniting our efforts for greater social and environmental impact in our communities.

As part of that, they have a number of ways VCS can engage in their work.

Skills Exchange

One-to-one skilled business volunteer support – source business volunteers with a wide array of skills including those listed below:

  • Finance / budgets/ funding applications
  • HR/ policy writing/ staff management/ change management/ training
  • Technology and digital support (technology set ups, remote working advice, to website and app design etc)
  • Marketing, comms and social media
  • Business planning, project management and general business support and advice
  • Specialist services like legal support or surveyors etc.

Please visit the website Covid19 BITC ( to submit a request for support. There is no limit on the number of requests.

They are also offering webinars which might be of interest.

New webinars will be released soon.

They also have a mailing list which can be signed up to here 

Nominate Your Community Heroes for The Etheldreda Medal Award

The Etheldreda Award is a medal presented by the Bishop of Ely to people who have given ‘generous and outstanding service which would not otherwise be recognised’.

Candidates will be selected from the nominations received by a panel of volunteers who have been appointed by the Bishop to identify twenty to thirty suitable recipients. Most of these awards will be presented publicly at a special service at Ely Cathedral on 17 October 2020. There will be further awards in 2022 and biennially thereafter.

Nomination forms for those who are to be considered for the 2020 presentations should be sent to the Award Secretary no later than 23 June 2020.

The Etheldreda Medal is for persons whose service to community (which might be as ‘local’ as their extended family but could be as extensive as a national or international concern) is both ‘generous’ and ‘outstanding’. It is also essential that the person’s good works have hitherto been unrecognised. The Bishop is looking for exceptional people; those who might (in partnership with others) come close to being nominated for a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

For many people this will be about the duration and persistence of their good works, for others it may relate to a short but extraordinary act of kindness or course of conduct.

Please click here for more information and to download the nomination form.