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AA Office for Southern Highlands services

Information

Southern Highlands has a 'virtual AA office' here in cyberspace

Carrying the Message Office was incorporated as Central Service Office Southern Highlands (CSOSH) Inc for the AA groups in the Southern Highlands in NSW in 2008 as a non-profit association to give a legal structure to cover those members who look after the AA service office work in the Highlands.

The CSO Southern Highlands is currently in caretaker mode. 

Our Central Service Office has performed two main functions on behalf of local AA groups

1. Public Information.

AAposterCSOSH organised the printing of  posters and business cards (see opposite) for local professionals and services; radio and print advertisements (see opposite); our 24 hour free call telephone line and white page entry(see opposite); this website; contacts for legal services, and is always looking for new ideas and ways to 'carry the message' of hope to those with problems with alcohol.

This work is fully funded from donations by our local AA meetings, as AA under  its organisation 'rules' can not accept any donations from non-AA members.

Services:

AA Southern Highlands Local Website - www.aash.org.au
Our website, maintained by CSOSH carries 12th step information on alcoholism; local meetings; special AA events such as weekend rallies and courses; and Links to other AA websites and services.
 
The  Recorded Information Line NOW 02 4858 0888

CSOSH pays the monthly bills for this virtual phone service number which diverts to a local member to answer. More volunteers are needed to take calls and/or to be available for 12th Step follow-up work from inquiries. 

The wording on this announcement can be found here.

aa-white-pages-230Alcoholics Anonymous Local White Pages Entry
CSOSH has approved an entry each year and paid for its publication. Entry refers readers to our local website and local Recorded Information Line  for 12th Step help.
 
AA  Posters - Large and Small  - Plastic Covered
The smaller size is the most popular for most notice boards. Supplies were available from the CSOSH for distribution in your local community.
 
AA General Information Cards - Matt Finish Blank Reverse

AA-cardBusiness size cards for discrete use by health, welfare, legal and other community service workers are paid for by our CSOSH. Please distribute these to your local GPs and other appropriate services. Also these cards can be used by groups for their new members.

Paid Advertisements in local print media

CSOSH organised and paid for advertisments in the Southern Highlands News, the Post and Latte Life.

Community Information and Health Forums

Where available, the CSOSH supplied AA information to local free print and online formats. 

CSOSH has distributed Information Packs to local medical and other community services; arranged for AA free community notices in papers and on local radio; donated AA books to the local library; arranged and paid for two 12 week sessions of AA announcements on 2ST; held two Unity meetings; attended annual Health services Interagency/ Forums.

2. Local Group Support.

AA  Meeting Information Cards - Laminated
Pocket sized cards for use by groups to give new members were supplied by CSOSH.

Now most people have mobile phones with some internet access the AA General Information Cards  - as above - will remind members to find meeting information on this website 

AA  Literature for Local AA Groups 
Groups were able to order their literature needs via our CSOSH Literature Officer. Groups can now 

All this CSO Southern Highlands work is also fully funded from donations by our local AA groups.

CSO Southern Highlands - Meetings

Previously our Central Service Office met every three months in the Basement Bowral Uniting Church. Zoom meetings are now possible - See For local members CSO & events Information

All Group Secretaries or respresentatives are encouraged to come and bring members along with them.

The Minutes and Financial Reports of the CSOSH Inc are available in the Members Only Section of this website.

Website Support for Local AA Members

If you have any hassles or want to know more, please phone the contacts on our Contact webpage or email us at cso @ aash.org.au

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