Open Road Visions

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.


IPS Employment Specialist

Working as a team, the IPS Employment Specialists will deliver supported employment to people in community treatment for substance misuse, who may be affected by other health conditions or disabilities, using the Individual Placement and Support approach (IPS).

Recovery Co-ordinator (Vacancy 2)

The Recovery Co-ordinator will ensure that individuals receive the appropriate interventions that meet their individual needs. You will be responsible for the assessment and management of a caseload as well as the delivery of both structured and semi structured interventions in both one to one and group sessions.

Recovery Worker, Harlow

The Recovery Worker will be part of the Integrated Recovery Service Team. Working with clients, the Recovery Worker will initiate recovery, utilising clients’ individual recovery capital, and support reintegration and sustained long term recovery from substance misuse.