Alcoholics Anonymous "We've Been There"
Alcoholics Anonymous"We've Been There"


Our Twelfth Step - carrying the message - is the basic service that the A.A. Fellowship gives; this is our principal aim and the main reason for our existence. Therefore, A.A. is more than a set of principles; it is a society of alcoholics in action. We must carry the message, else we ourselves can wither and those who haven’t been given the truth may die.

Hence, an A.A. service is anything whatever that helps us to reach a fellow sufferer - ranging all the way from the Twelfth Step itself to a ten-cent phone call and a cup of coffee, and to A.A.’s General Service Office for national and international action. The sum total of all these services is our Third Legacy of Service.



A Declaration of Unity

This we owe to A.A.’s future; to place our common welfare first; to keep our Fellowship united. For on AA unity depend our lives, and the lives of those to come.


I am Responsible.......

When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A. always to be there. And for that: I am responsible

Into Action


Area of Service

What's Involved?

Length of

Sobriety (Recommended)

Who and How to Contact

At Meetings or Home group

Offer to help to set up the room and help clear up after the meeting, Its a great opportunity to get to know people.

Good for Early Sobriety 



At Meetings or Home group

Welcome and help the newcomer at their first meeting, this vital first contact will help them and you.

Great for Early Sobriety 

Your Meeting Secretary or GSR (group service representative)

Tea & Coffee

At Meeting or Home Group

Two roles here really one who looks after the supplies brings it to the meeting and sets it up before the start and one who assists

Good for Early Sobriety 

Your Meeting Secretary or GSR (group service representative)


At Meeting or Home group

Look after and display the literature for the group, organises the replacement of missing literature via the groups treasurer.

Know period of Sobriety

Your Meeting Secretary, GSR (group service representative) or Treasurer


Speaker Finder


Finds suitable speakers for each meeting who have a known period of sobriety, books them well in advance and informs them of the time, date and address of the meeting

Know period of Sobriety recommended

1 year

Your Group, Meeting Secretary, GSR (group service representative), Treasurer or Your Sponsor


Home group

Responsible for running the format of the meeting, the post is held for one year then rotated out. Nothing to stop you being sponsored in as a relief secretary ready to take over at the end of the 1 year term. Read guideline 1 & 2 click here.


1+ Year continuous  sobriety  

Your Group, Meeting Secretary, GSR (group service representative), Treasurer or Your Sponsor


Home group

A very important role as AA is ‘Self supporting through its own contributions’, this role involves the collection of the contributions, payment of any rents, tea/coffee, literature etc, after which the surplus is regularly passed to the Intergroup Treasurer keeping only a prudent reserve. A clear record must be kept of all transactions that are available to view by the group every week. Read guideline 1 & 2 click here.


1+ Year continuous  sobriety  

Your Group, Meeting Secretary, GSR (group service representative), Treasurer or Your Sponsor


Home Group

Known as the Group Service Representative (GSR) this person attends the quarterly Intergroup Meetings on behalf of their meeting/group. They report to Intergroup the feelings and concerns of that meeting and report back to the group what was discussed. As a note; any member is also welcome to attend an Intergroup meeting (the last Weds of month every quarter i.e. Jan, April etc). Read guideline 1 & 2 click here.

2+ Years continuous  sobriety  



Your Group, Meeting Secretary, GSR (group service representative), Treasurer or Your Sponsor

12 Steppers & Telephone Responder

A vital link in the first point of contact – Telephone responders cover a flexible shift pattern of a few hours all you need is a telephone (preferable a land line). 12 steppers to visit (in pairs) within the area of your choice, because in pairs it is possible for one person to be a newcomer or less than one year.


1 year

12 steppers less if accompanied

You just need to be sponsored in via your group using the form at the bottom of the page.


Very much an evolving role, whose primary purpose will be first point of contact.


2 Years continuous  sobriety  


Volunteer Speakers


Public Information

We often give talks at schools, doctors or other events. We need a constant supply of speakers, would you like to make yourself available occasionally or even be a permanent standby for the area of your choice. What about becoming part of the public information team?


1 year

Less if accompanied

Just email our Public Information Officer.



Prison Visitors:

Groups have been running in prisons for well over 40yrs. Would you like to commit to an occasional share at one of these meeting. Currently we need cover for fortnightly Tuesday 6pm at Hollesley Bay with other prisons coming on line within our area shortly. Length of sobriety can be less as you will be accompanied.


6 months but Less if accompanied

Just email our Prison

Liaison Officer.

Share Rep:


Nice easy role to promote the sale of the Share Magazine


1 year though could be less

Contact the Chair person



Intergroup Officers

The aims of an Intergroup are to aid the constituent Groups in their common purpose of carrying the AA message to the still suffering alcoholic and, by using their combined strength and unity, to improve and maintain good relations with all organisations in the community. It is recommended that they should serve for not less than two years and not more than three years. Read guideline 4 click here.

These officers should have an established period of sobriety, ideally not less than 2 Years continuous  sobriety  

Any member with even a few months sobriety is more than welcome to attend an Intergroup meeting come along and see if its for you. Meetings are held on the last Weds of the month every quater i.e. Jan, April, July and October currently at Needham Market.





We recommend that you read the guidelines for each individual role. These can be viewed by asking your group secretary to see the group copy or click here.

12 Steppers and telephone responders form
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