COVID-19: online meetings

Last Updated: Friday, 29 May 2020 16:57

 Until further notice by the UK government, it is reasonable to assume that all AA meetings are suspended, until social distancing measures are relaxed.


A list of online meetings is below, but before you scroll down please take note of this message, right here, about maintaining a healthy balance between the convenience of this brilliant technology and the pitfalls of having it available to everyone in the world.

There have been a couple of news articles recently about people abusing the good faith of those carrying on with their lives (and their recovery) by using online meetings. This could be anything from filling a chatroom with abusive messages, to sending indecent images through a webcam, to extorting money through "catfish"-like tactics.

I don't think that we have much to worry about with regards to becoming victims of online fraud, but I do see a potential for verbal abuse, or indecent, shocking behaviour being broadcast to a group.

What can we do about this? Well, when I first started using Zoom at the start of "lockdown" in the UK, I hadn't used it before and I was joining meetings by just downloading the Zoom software, typing in the meeting number and the password and waiting a moment for the host of the AA meeting to let me in.

After a couple of meetings, I noticed that when some people had their webcam switched off, a picture of their face would appear in place of their camera.
If I switched my camera off I just appeared as a blank avatar: a black square.
Then I worked out that this was because I hadn't bothered making a Zoom account, so I couldn't have a custom avatar and various other helpful settings.

I thought about the process of logging into an online meeting: I enter the room code, enter the password and wait while Zoom says "Waiting for the group administrator to let you in..."

I then realised that if I created a Zoom account (which is free and takes 2 minutes) then I could upload a picture of my face, so that when I log into a meeting next time, the group administrator can see my face, recognise me from seeing me in person at a meeting and let me in.

I encourage everyone to open a free Zoom account. All you need is to enter any email address (it doesn't have to be an email address that's associated with work, if you wish to have separation between work and AA), then upload a profile picture before finally logging into a meeting.

This advice isn't guaranteed that we will stop 100% of people wishing to do naughty things on the internet but I think if most of us have an account with an avatar of our face, then we can greatly reduce the risk of it happening.

Think of all of the people that you know at meetings who have common nick-names. It's difficult enough for a group administrator to know if they are letting in the right "Dave G" or "John F", if they just have a blank background as their picture. Do us all a favour and make sure you have a picture that identifies you to your AA pals, and we can all share more freely by knowing that we are amongst friends.


Here is a list of substitute telephone and online meetings which are being held instead of the usual:



Dial in Meeting – No wifi needed
Notts 1pm – 2pm
Telephone 0333 113 0100
Code 1851656

Syston 09.45am
ID 951303827
Nottingham Meadows 12 Noon – 1pm
ID 779498693 Passcode 158933
Leicester ‘As Bill see it’  1pm – 2.30pm
ID 451180444 Passcode 237017
Sunday Big Book Study 2pm
 ID 585754418
Long Eaton 4pm
ID 77966478139 Passcode 570539
Chellaston 6pm – 7pm
ID 577157796
Southwell 7.30pm – 9pm
ID 818084126 Passcode 098282
Notts Dunkirk 7.45pm – 9.00pm
ID 4738929192 Passcode 213840
Hinckley 8pm – 9.30pm
ID 322751121 Passcode 031147
Alfreton - 7.30pm
Young Persons 7pm-8pm
ID nottsypaa Passcode 153729
Dial in – 0330 088 1939
Chilwell Ladies 10.30am
ID 878787757 Passcode 001765
Leicester Big Book Study 7pm – 8.30pm
ID 828257418
Beeston 7.30pm – 8.30pm
ID 210447842 Passcode 061300
Big Book Readings
7.30pm – 8.30pm
ID 6819555401 Passcode 040418
Bottesford 7.30pm – 8.30pm
ID 942983121 Passcode 015276
Nottingham Vine – 7.30pm
ID 76906624063 Passcode 5RbckH
Retford 7.30 – 9.00pm
ID 3652669046 Passcode retford
Ripley 7.30pm
Sherwood 11.30 – 12.45
ID 83313747769 Passcode 963545
Leicester 12 – 1.30pm
ID 176919067
Sanctuary Step meeting 5.30pm
ID 81589664293 Passcode 942975
Bingham 7.15 – 8.15
ID 6819555401 Passcode 040418
Sutton in Ashfield 7.15pm – 8.30pm
ID 620457328 Passcode 016622
Long Eaton 7.30pm- 9pm
ID 314616339 Passcode 234473
Newark 7.30pm – 8.30pm
ID 243328058 Passcode 060820
Worksop 7.30 – 9pm
ID 9200374287 Passcode worksop
Leicester Queen’s Road 8pm – 9pm
ID 463352150 Password 218519
Leicester LGBTQ 8pm – 9pm
ID 166603884 Passcode 1984
Young Persons 7pm-8pm
ID nottsypaa Passcode 153729
Dial in – 0330 088 1939
Chilwell Ladies 10.30am
ID 709186439 Passcode 839373
Nottingham 12-1pm
ID 3078666739 Passcode 602516
Leicester Newcomers 7.30pm – 9.30pm
ID 663460252
Edwinstowe 7.30 – 9pm
ID 793298994
Notts Woodborough Rd 8.30pm – 10pm
ID 9397329877 Passcode billw
Chellaston 1pm – 2pm
ID 823314868
Chilwell ‘Old Timers’ 1.30pm – 2.30pm
ID 84452918277 Passcode 430404
Uttoxeter 7.30pm
ID 667310034
Beeston 8pm-9pm
ID 210447842 Passcode 061300
Cropwell Butler 8pm – 9pm
ID 2712304316 Passcode 598527
Notts ICC 8pm
ID 8354684997 Passcode ThursICC
Swanwick 7pm
Young Persons 7pm-8pm
ID nottsypaa Passcode 153729
Dial in – 0330 088 1939
Notts ‘Sobar’ Step 10.30am
ID 89497600320 Passcode 673146
Notts 12-1pm
ID 3078666739 Passcode 602516
Notts St Nics 12.30
ID 84775769660 Passcode 615530
West Bridgford 6.30pm – 8.00pm
ID 3078666739 Passcode 602516
Leicester Daily Reflection 7.30 – 9pm
ID 569589402
Mansfield 7.30pm-9pm
ID 3940110639
Notts ‘Sheila Roper’ 7.30 – 8.30pm
ID 210447842 Passcode 061300
Worksop 7.30 – 9pm
ID 9200374287 Passcode worksop
Bakewell 8pm – 9pm
ID 359529675

Mansfield 10am – 11.30am
ID 735440806 Passcode 062692
Notts Women Living Sober 10.30am - Noon
ID 225059434 Passcode Serenity
Leicester 12 Noon
ID 5195988647
Notts Carlton 3pm
ID 764426033 Passcode 015242
Heanor Ladies 6pm
ID 5513781846 Passcode Serenity
Leicester 6 – 7.30pm
ID 999914540