Tradition 12: Anonymity is the spiritualfoundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
Tradition 12: Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
The spiritual substance of anonymity is
sacrifice. Because A.A's Twelve Traditions repeatedly ask us to give up personal
desires for the common good, we realise that the sacrificial spirit - well
symbolised by anonymity - is the foundation of them all. It is A.A.'s proved
willingness to make these sacrifices that gives people their high confidence in
From Tradition Twelve, Twelve Steps and
New to AA
YOU CAN STILL CONTACT US
If you are new to AA and thinking of contacting us for the first time, please do not hesitate to make contact as all of our services are still available. Our free national helpline, our email@example.com and our ChatNow service are all manned by AA members working from home and they will be more than happy to hear from you
Whilst most of our meetings have had to close following Government guidance during this unprecedented time most of our groups have been able to establish on-line meetings. Following your initial contact with AA you may like to attend one of these and our contacts should be able to help you to do this.
There is a wide range of literature that is recommended for new members available on our Newcomers section on this site, please make use of this.
Meeting Finder / Meeting Changes
Given that in accordance with Government instructions all meetings will now be closed, GSO will stop adding that information to Groups' entries in Meeting lists. However over the past 10 days or more, GSO staff have been on request flagging meetings as Closed, and again where requested creating new online meetings. Most online meetings have no location so will not appear in a geographical search, by town or Near me. Searching Online will of course list all online meetings but sorted by creation date so recent entries are likely to be at the bottom of the list.
From now on, where it is clear that a meeting has moved online from a physical location, the existing meeting title will have Online added and joining instructions for the online meeting will be entered in the Details section. This means that searching for a meeting in a given town will now show all existing meeting information with an indication of online activity where it exists.
It will take some time to get all entries updated so please bear with us.
If your meeting has moved online but is not yet showing as described above, or to make any other changes to your listing, donā??t complete a Pink Form, just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further down this page, you will find GSOs bank details to allow any part of the structure to send donations directly to GSO. We have been asked whether we suggest that Groups publish their bank details to allow individual members, in the absence of The Pot, to donate to their Group. This is of course a matter for the Group conscience to decide, and whether their Intergroup might agree to publish this information on their microsite.
Share and Roundabout April issues have been printed and posted to personal subscribers. Because of meeting closures some Groups may be unable to collect, so a downloadable file of each will be added to the relevant website page for viewing or printing off. Watch this space: https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/Members/Fellowship-Magazines
Some concern has been expressed about helping newcomers at their first, or early online meetings when everything is strange. It has been pointed out that Zoom allows the creation of breakout rooms separate from the main meeting room, suitable for small group chats. Click the link below for information and note particularly the para re recording. We pointed out on March 20, in MEETING CHANGES below that certain features in Zoom need to be disabled in order to help protect anonymity. This is an important one. Click here for guidance
- Please note that General Service Office, Northern Service Office and Southern Service Office cannot receive visitors at the present time.
- Our GSO staff are working under severe pressure at the moment. They are doing their very best to keep meeting information up to date, but it would be wise to check with local contacts before travelling to a meeting which might well be closed.
20th March 2020
The General Service Board recommends that all Groups take heed of the latest Government guidance on public gatherings and if required make alternative online arrangements for meetings.
email@example.com. All changes will be added to the meetings 'details' tab/ link of each meeting on the Meeting Finder
Due to the current situation GSO requests please do not call the offices in York, London or Glasgow but rather email firstname.lastname@example.org for general enquiries. We will respond as soon as we are able
- Require Encryption for Third Party Endpoints
- Disable Auto saving chats
- Disable File transfer
- Disable Feedback
- Disable Screen sharing
- Disable desktop/screen share for users
- Disable Remote control
- Disable Local recording
- Disable Cloud recording
- Disable Automatic recording
- Disable Local and Cloud recording features
- Take care when using your name or email address to log in as these may be displayed at the start of the video call
- Taking Local Health Authority advice to minimise spread e.g. hand washing, avoiding close contact, shaking hands, hugging, etc.
- Suggesting that members who think they may be at risk of having contracted the virus stay away from meetings until they are sure they are clear.
- We suggest that members who may be particularly vulnerable to the effects of the virus consider their safety before attending meetings.
- Members who need to isolate themselves can be supported through telephone calls or electronically, e.g. WhatsApp groups.
- Groups can contact premises' owners to find out if they intend to close the building and under what circumstances.
- Should groups close temporarily, they can inform the General Service Office as soon as possible to enable meeting details to be updated.
- Groups can make use of online facilities - this has included regular face to face meetings converting to an online format as a result of moment restriction in their area.