Open Road Visions

A Thanksgiving and Celebration Marking Our 30th Anniversary

This year, Open Road celebrates the 30th anniversary of our founding in 1990. We are delighted to invite you and a guest to our Thanksgiving and Celebration event at 7pm on Wednesday 17th November, at Chelmsford Cathedral.

Open Road Nominated For The ASDA Foundation Green Token Giving

We have been nominated to be part of the ASDA Foundation Green Token Giving online through our local Asda store in Colchester.

Open Road welcomes The Duke of Gloucester

As part of our 30th anniversary year, we welcomed The Duke of Gloucester to our Colchester head office. 

Open Road welcomes High Sheriff of Essex, Simon Brice

We were delighted to recently welcome the High Sheriff of Essex, Simon Brice to Open Road’s Colchester head office to meet our staff, volunteers and clients, and hear more about our vital work in helping vulnerable people throughout Essex and Medway.

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.

LGBTQ+ Outreach Project

We are conducting this pilot project to establish the local unmet need for a service to support people from the LGBTQ+ community, who may be struggling with substance misuse and mental health issues.

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
Open Road’s Steve present with national award for social change

Open Road’s Steve scoops national award for social change

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


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

Appropriate Adult Service

Appropriate Adult Service

The Essex Appropriate Adult Service operates at Essex Police custody suites in police stations across Essex, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


IPS Employment Manager

The IPS Employment Manager will provide a pivotal role in managing a high-quality service that meets fidelity standards and delivers positive outcomes for service users. You will also manage a small caseload of clients of people in structured treatment for drug and/or alcohol use to assist them in securing sustainable paid employment in line with their preferences.

Recovery Worker (Substance Misuse), Clacton

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.

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).