Online Meetings, advice and help

With the deepening current issues we are all experiencing with the Covid-19 virus it is becoming clear from the messages being issued by the Government that this situation is unlikely to end any time soon. Given the way we have all found alternate ways to work our programmes and have meetings within the confines of what we are being asked to do by the Government, Online seems to have become a very real alternative for many groups. It is appreciated that not every member has the technical knowledge needed to enable the online option (although many members are helping each other through this), therefore the below has a lot of helpful links to guides for setting up online meetings for your groups, advice on installation of various applications and meetings (both in the local area and nationally) which you can join.

Taking advantage of technological advances, for example, A.A. members with computers can participate in meetings online, sharing with fellow alcoholics across the country or around the world. In any meeting, anywhere, A.A.s share experience, strength, and hope with each other, in order to stay sober and help other alcoholics. Modem-to-modem or face-to-face, A.A.s speak the language of the heart in all its power and simplicity.
Foreword to Fourth Edition, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. xxiv

The coronavirus situation has resulted in many meeting venues being unavailable, or in Groups opting to follow Government guidelines to minimise social contact. They have therefore decided that their meeting will be closed for the immediate future, or that meetings will continue online.

It is suggested that should a meeting not be taking placed as advertised then a Group member should attend the venue before the usual start time to advise or redirect visitors or, more importantly newcomers who had expected to find a meeting there.
Many meetings already exist online and can be found here:
https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/AA-Meetings/Find-a-Meeting/Online

Should you wish to start an online meeting as a temporary replacement for your usual face-to-face one, there are a few pieces of software available, see below. Please note that these are commercial products and we have no affiliation with the companies that supply them. Also, neither GSO nor Electronic Comms Subcommittee can offer technical support for any of these packages.
A further word of warning: there are a few websites around claiming to offer AA Online Meetings but have no connection with Alcoholics Anonymous. Some may be genuine, but others may charge fees, while others will require you to download their software, which may contain malware. We strongly recommend that you avoid all of them and join an existing group (above) or create your own online meeting.

Online meeting software
Text; WhatsApp; Group text messaging

Audio and Video
Skype; Zoom; Webex; WhatsApp; Facebook Messenger; Facetime; Google Hangouts

Skype
Free and standard now on many PCs and laptops. Capable of handling meetings with up to 100 participants (just increased from 50).
Download: https://www.skype.com/en/get-skype/
How-to guide here

Zoom
Free for meetings of up to 40 minutes duration. For longer meetings, one member (the host) must upgrade to the Pro version.
Download: https://zoom.us/download
How-to guide here

WebEx
Free for up to 100 participants. A WebEx meeting can be started by anyone with an account who then just shares the single meeting link and people can join by simply clicking the link - whether they have an account or not.
Download: https://www.webex.com/
How-to guide here

Local Online meetings:

Bridport Meditation - Monday - 18.00 - 19.00 - Zoom: Meeting ID 267 719 5642 Password: Meditation Join 15 mins before start. Please remember people will see your full name if you have set your Zoom ID up with your full name

Dorchester - Monday - 19.45 - 21.00 - Zoom: Meeting ID 694 344 6574 Password: ODAAT join 10 mins before start. Please remember people will see your full name if you have set your Zoom ID up with your full name

Gillingham - Monday - 19.30 - 20.30 - Zoom: Meeting ID 908 732 6719 Password: 1231926 join 10 mins before start. Please remember people will see your full name if you have set your Zoom ID up with your full name

Weymouth - Monday - 13.00 - 14.00 - Zoom: Meeting ID 831 3922 4842 Password: 208343 join 15 mins before start. Please remember people will see your full name if you have set your Zoom ID up with your full name

Shaftesbury Beginners - Tuesday - 20.00 - 21.00 - Zoom: Meeting ID: 639 705 184 Password: 008895 Please join 10 mins before start. Please remember people will see your full name if you have set your Zoom ID up with your full name

Weymouth - Tuesday - 19.30 - 21.00 - Zoom: Meeting ID 871 4122 1115 Password: 158861 join 15 mins before start. Please remember people will see your full name if you have set your Zoom ID up with your full name

Bridport "Living Sober" - Wednesday - 12.30 - 13.30 - Zoom: Meeting ID: 273 108 014 Password: 043695 Please join 5 mins before start. Please remember people will see your full name if you have set your Zoom ID up with your full name. We would prefer it for members to have video enabled and to have their first name displayed when joining the call.

Charmouth Step Study Meeting - Wednesday - 19.00 - 20.00 - Zoom: Meeting ID: 325 994 281 Please join 5 mins before start. The tech host will provide the password and admit you at the beginning of meeting. Please remember people will see your full name if you have set your Zoom ID up with your full name. We would prefer it for members to have video enabled and to have their first name displayed when joining the call.

Sherborne - Wednesday - 19.00 - 20.00 - Zoom: Meeting ID: 557 675 851 Password: BillwDrBob Join up to 30 minutes before the start. Please remember people will see your full name if you have set your Zoom ID up with your full name. We would prefer it for members to have video enabled and to have their first name displayed when joining the call.

Bridport Living Sober - Wednesday - 12.15 - 13.30 - Zoom: Meeting ID: 273 108 014 Password: 043695 Please remember people will see your full name if you have set your Zoom ID up with your full name. We would prefer it for members to have video enabled and to have their first name displayed when joining the call.

Weymouth How It Works - Wednesday - 19.30 - 21.00 - Zoom: Meeting ID: 279 811 9271 Password: 222222 Please join 15 mins before start. Please remember people will see your full name if you have set your Zoom ID up with your full name. We would prefer it for members to have video enabled and to have their first name displayed when joining the call.

Shaftesbury Big Book & 12x12 - Thursday - 19.30 - 21.00 - Zoom: Meeting ID 986 795 306 Password: 417089 Please join 10 mins before start. Please remember people will see your full name if you have set your Zoom ID up with your full name

Puddletown - Friday - 19.30 - 21.00 - Zoom: puddletownfriday@gmail.com Please email for information about the meeting and how to join, putting “Online meeting” in the Subject line of your message, and briefly stating the information you’re seeking. Remember that in the meeting people will see your full name if you have set up your Zoom ID with your full name.

Dorchester Friday Lunchtime Meeting - Friday - 12.00 - 13.00 - Zoom: Meeting ID 936 781 6161 Password: 6161 join 5 mins before start. Please remember people will see your full name if you have set your Zoom ID up with your full name. We would prefer it for members to have video enabled and to have their first name displayed when joining the call.

Wareham Friday Meeting - Friday - 19.30 - 21.00 - Zoom: Meeting ID 284 253 904 join 5 mins before start. Please remember people will see your full name if you have set your Zoom ID up with your full name. We would prefer it for members to have video enabled and to have their first name displayed when joining the call.

Weymouth A Vision for You - Friday - 19.30 - 21.00 - Zoom: Meeting ID: 279 811 9271 Password: 222222 Please join 15 mins before start. Please remember people will see your full name if you have set your Zoom ID up with your full name. We would prefer it for members to have video enabled and to have their first name displayed when joining the call.

Lyme Regis Chips For Breakfast - Saturday - 8.30 - 9.30 - Zoom: Chips4Breakfast@gmail.com. Please email for information about the meeting and how to join. Please remember people will see your full name if you have set your Zoom ID up with your full name. We would prefer it for members to have video enabled and to have their first name displayed when joining the call.

Sturminster Newton As Bill Sees It - Sunday - 11.00 - 12.30 - Zoom: sturminstersunday@gmail.com. Please email for information about the meeting and how to join. Please remember people will see your full name if you have set your Zoom ID up with your full name. We would prefer it for members to have video enabled and to have their first name displayed when joining the call.

Gillingham - Sunday - 19.00 - 20.15 - Zoom: 872 118 4199 Password: UNITY Join up to 30 mins before. Please remember people will see your full name if you have set your Skype ID up with your full name

Weymouth - Sunday - 12.30 - 14.00 - Zoom: Meeting ID: 279 811 9271 Password: 222222 Please join 15 mins before start. Please remember people will see your full name if you have set your Zoom ID up with your full name. We would prefer it for members to have video enabled and to have their first name displayed when joining the call.

For Poole and Bournemouth Online meetings please follow this link

For Bristol Online meetings please follow this link

Based on the collected experience on online meetings so far, it is suggested that people should probably steer clear of the large, open meetings on Facebook. While many are good and genuine, some are a hot bed for negativity and trolls, telling the good from the bad is not an exact science. It is suggested that attending meetings shared on this website or on official AA websites (such as www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/AA-Meetings/Find-a-Meeting/Online) is probably the wisest course but as always, the choice remains with the individual alcoholic.