Open Road Visions

Open Road Presents our Charity Quiz Night!

Come down to the lovely Courtyard in Chelmsford and spend the night testing your trivia with friends, whilst raising money for our charity, we are also holding a raffle where you can bag yourself some fab prizes!

Open Road’s Charity Ball Returns!

After a three year wait, we welcome back our fundraising Charity Ball, on Saturday 1st October, at Le Talbooth in Dedham. 

Open Road Wins The High Sheriffs’ Shield

We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded The High Sheriffs’ Shield for 2021-22, for the frontline work by our SOS Buses and supporting vulnerable people in Essex.

Open Road Provides Training To Eastlight Community Homes

A request was received from the ASB Coordinator of Eastlight Community Homes to ask if Open Road could provide training around substance misuse and how this impacts the people around them.

New IPS Individual Placement Support Service

IPS is a new service that Open Road is delivering across Essex. Its primary goal is to help our service users find and retain employment in the competitive job marketplace.

‘30for30’ Campaign – Target Hit!

We would like to thank all of those who took part in the campaign. All of the events and challenges, no matter how big or small have all gone towards hitting our target of £30,000.

Open Road Volunteer, Dennis is an MBE!

We are absolutely delighted that SOS Bus Volunteer, Dennis Barnett has been honoured in the Queen’s 2022 New Year’s Honour List with an MBE for his services to vulnerable people in Essex. 

Alastair Campbell Attends Open Road’s Anniversary Celebration At Chelmsford Cathedral

As part of our 30th anniversary year, on Thursday 17th November, we hosted Alastair Campbell as the guest speaker at our celebration and thanksgiving at Chelmsford Cathedral.

New Perinatal Clinic Supports Colchester Clients

Open Road Recovery Worker, Scarlett Doherty tells us about an Essex STaRs health initiative, based at our Open Road Colchester centre and how it supports pregnant clients.

Drug & Alcohol Recovery Service In Essex & Medway

Our mission is to empower a diverse range of individuals, families and communities to lead healthy and more meaningful lives, free from addiction, offending behaviour and disadvantage, to ensure healthier, happier lifestyles

Self Referral

Open Road now offers an online self referral option. Simply fill out the form and someone will get back to you within two working days to complete an initial assessment.

Self referral paperwork on desk
Dennis Barnett MBE

Open Road Volunteer, Dennis Barnett is an MBE!

We are delighted that SOS Bus Volunteer, Dennis has been honoured in the Queen’s 2022 New Year’s Honour List with an MBE for his services to vulnerable people in Essex.


Open Road’s Criminal Justice & Welfare Area Manager Steve Wood has won the Outstanding Contribution Award at the Social Change Awards 2020.

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Volunteer opportunity

Festival Volunteer

Festival Volunteer

Our main aim is to keep people safe at festivals by reducing the harms caused by alcohol and other drugs.


Criminal Justice Recovery Worker – (Mid & South)

Criminal Justice Recovery Worker  Location: 1 post - Chelmsford, 1 post - Harlow  Hours: 37.5 (Full Time) Contract: Permanent Salary: £23,000 per annum Working Pattern: Monday to Friday / 9am to 5:30pm Closing date: 13th July 2022 Summary Criminal Justice Recovery...

Substance Misuse Worker (University of Essex)

This fixed-term role will be based within the University of Essex to complement existing support provided by university welfare teams. Working with students to explore their substance use and needs, the Substance Misuse Worker will be instrumental in increasing students’ knowledge around different types of substance use and their respective effects.

Recovery Worker (Substance Misuse), Harlow

As the Recovery Worker you will be responsible for care co-ordination of all clients entering the service and engaging in treatment. You will also be responsible for the development of recovery plans for individual clients, and for liaising with other service providers relevant to the individual’s needs. This role may include supporting the service as an Outreach in the future, so the ability to drive and access to a car is a requirement.