Intergroup

Who are we?

DA Intergroup is a service arm of the Debtors Anonymous groups in the UK. DA and BDA members have found ways out of the pain and confusion caused by debting by participating in the DA program. We want to tell others who are experiencing the same problems that there is a solution. The DA Intergroup combines the resources of the individual groups to carry out projects that would be difficult for a single group to achieve.

When and where does Intergroup meet?

Intergroup meets on the last Saturday of every 2nd month from 2-5pm. Meetings are on the odd months of the year (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov).

The location is Westminster Methodist Central Hall (The Broadbent Room), Matthew Parker St, Westminster, London SW1H 9NH. Tubes: Westminster/St James’ Park. See map here.

Any DA or BDA member may attend and speak, but only group representatives may vote.

Meeting dates in 2017:

  • Sat 28 January (Annual General Meeting)
  • Sat 25 March
  • Sat 27 May
  • Sat 29 July
  • Sat 30 September
  • Sat 25 November

Travel support to Intergroup for Group Service Representatives outside of London

Group Service Representatives of any UK Debtors Anonymous meetings outside of London may claim up to 20% of their travel costs to attend Debtors Anonymous Intergroup meetings held in London, if their DA group treasury funds cannot cover the full cost of travel to attend Intergroup. A valid receipt will be required to claim travel support, to be presented to the Treasurer on attending DA Intergroup.

Please email treasurer <AT> debtorsanonymous.org.uk in advance of booking your ticket or planning the journey, with the details of expenditure and the proportion you wish to claim from Intergroup (up to 50%) [*** note this was increased from 20% to 50%, March 2015***]. DA UK’s Treasurer will then respond to confirm if funds are available, as funds are allocated for travel support to Intergroup on a first come first served basis.

Donations to intergroup

Intergroup is funded largely through donations from DA and BDA groups. It has been agreed that these donations (whether by cash or cheque) should normally be made at intergroup meetings by the group representative, so that the donation is witnessed and recorded. Intergroup will accept donations by post from groups outside London, although attendance at intergroup is always the preferred method.

Contacting Intergroup

See here.


 Achievements in 2015

Intergroup’s accounts finished 2015 with a significant increase in funds. We’re grateful for the growing abundance of our fellowship and the continuing, regular donations we receive from DA groups.

  • Successful UK Convention held
  • Contributed to first European Convention in Cannes
  • Abundant Christmas Banquet held
  • New approved literature distributed– Twelve Steps Handbook
  • Public Information Committee – Carrying the Message – newly formed and very active.  DA cards now available through Literature.
  • Literature – self-calculating order form now online, and job now shared
  • Service positions filled:

    New Support person
    New literature admin person
    New literature shipping person
    New Intergroup Service Representative to take part in the work of the World Service Conference

Visions for 2016

  • Fill open service positions
    • Chair
    • Treasurer
  • Parties to celebrate DA’s 40th Birthday !!!
  • Workshops for money-skills development and fund-raising
  • DA UK phone meeting
  • Recordings of shares on website
  • Revamp website
  • Improved communication between Intergroup and local groups
  • Increasing activity to Carry the Message
  • Send ISR to World Service Conference and continue involvement with European Regional Intergroup
  • European Convention near Lake Garda in Italy 3rd-5th June.
  • Another brilliant UK convention in London in the autumn.

 Achievements in 2013

  • DA Intergroup met 6 times in 2013 and had all service positions filled or covered throughout the year.
  • DA now has ‘Promises’ written specifically for the fellowship
  • Events:
    • DA Day / Convention – The Convention was well attended and deemed a success. For the first time, individual groups took on specific areas of organization. This seemed to have a very positive effect , especially as groups from many areas of the UK participated.
    • One Member One Action – April 2013. A day where every member of DA was encouraged to take one public information action.
    • Bristol workshop on reconciling figures and Visions – this is the second year for this workshop. Attendance included those from outside the UK
    • London workshop on Visions – attended by 60 DA members who visualised and had time to set their visions.
    • PRG Day – This was held in London with 30 members attending
    • Gratitute Month – For the month of October groups sent around a second pot which was to remind us of our gratitude for the recovery we have. These amounts were donated to DA Intergroup.
  • World Service : DA UK sent a representative to Phoenix, to attend DA World Service Conference. Victoria completed her 4 years as ISR and Josie took over. Amongst the many benefits of having a consistent prescence at World Service, it seems that there is finally recognition that paying for literature needs to be less complicated!
  • Website: This is continually being updated and reviewed. There has been a focus this year on how to make the website most accessible and user friendly for the newcomer and loners.
  • Regional Officer: The post of Regional Officer was introduced and an initial survey of how Intergroup may be run by groups throughout the Uk was started.
  • European Convention: Links are being made with other DA fellows with the aim of holding a convention.
  • Public Information: An extensive report was presented which highlighted the need to focus on the newcomer and loner. The website was updated as a result. Each DA group is encouraged to have a PI officer and for them to join the PI committee. Shares at the convention were recorded and are being prepared for download from the website.

Achievements in 2012

  • DA Intergroup met 6 times in 2012 and had all service positions filled or covered throughout the year. Reviewing the minutes, the consistency and follow up work of those in service positions and those GSR’s attending stands out this year.
  • Events:
    • DA Day / Convention – ‘From Fear to Abundance’. Talks on using the ‘tools’ and ‘visions’ in DA recovery. There was also a general discussion to get feedback on whether DA in the UK would want to develop a European Board.
    • One Member One Action – April 2012. A day where every member of DA was encouraged to take one public information action.
    • Bristol workshop on record keeping and Visions – the combination of the practical and the possible made this a very successful and inspiring workshop
    • London workshop on Visions – attended by 60 DA members who visualised and had time to set their visions.
    • PRG Day – This was held in London. There is a great need for PRG’s and Intergroup is reviewing how to run future PRG days and the possibility of skype PRG meetings.
    • Gratitute Month – For the month of October groups sent around a second pot which was to remind us of our gratitude for the recovery we have. These amounts were donated to DA Intergroup.
  • Public Information:
    • There have been sev