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.


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Keep Moving

Download Open Road's charity single here. Keep Moving (Feat. Lorraine Gray) is out now and available for download. Every penny raised goes towards the services that Open Road provides to our local communities.


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Donate to Open Road. Every penny you donate goes towards giving a better opportunity to another individual, family or community affected by drugs or alcohol. Find out how to donate here. We have given donation amount examples to show how your money could make a difference.



Target amount: £2,147,483,647.00

Amount raised: £653.00


Our Impact


People Supported by Open Road in 5 years


The number of years Open Road has been operating


Percentage of clients who successfully complete treatment through Open Road

Recycle Your Ink Cartridges and Help Support Open Road

Help raise funds for Open Road by recycling your ink cartridges via the Recycle4Charity Programme. Open Road receives £1 for every cartridge recycled.


Author: Adam Coombes1

Open Road's Steve Wood shortlisted for national award

Open Road's Welfare and Criminal Justice manager Steve Wood has been short listed in the "Outstanding Contribution" category at the annual DSC Social Change Awards. Open Road supporters are encouraged to go online and vote for him!


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Open Road hosts 2019 AGM

Open Road hosts its Annual General Meeting at the Community Stadium, Colchester. Introduced by Open Road's Chair of Trustees Robert Smith, with keynote speaker Essex Police Deputy Chief Constable Pippa Mills and a County Lines Gang production by AlterEgo Creative Solutions.


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Needle and Syringe Programme

The Needle & Syringe Programme in Essex is for injecting drug and steroid users. Open Road provides sterile injecting equipment and associated paraphernalia in 4 centres and 41 pharmacies across Essex. We give advice on harm minimisation and health related issues.



Recovery Volunteer

As a Recovery Volunteer you will be assisting with care co-ordination of all clients entering the service and engaging in treatment.


Author: Amy Ogilvie

Volunteer opportunity

  • eBay Volunteer

    To support the Open Road Head Office team with running our online eBay shop. Read more


  • Recovery Worker, Harlow (22.5 hours per week)

    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. Read more

  • Drinkaware Crew Member

    We are looking to train and provide Drinkaware Crew venues in Colchester and Chelmsford to improve our ability to look after guests on a night out, and to identify and support people who may be vulnerable due to drinking too much. Working with a partner, you will mingle with guests to encourage a positive atmosphere, and help guests in practical ways. You will work with security, management and bar staff to escalate issues if required, and will compete an activity log at the end of the shift. Read more