New funding for Women Only Workshops Open Road are pleased to announce a successful bid for funding from the Essex Community Foundation to further develop our Women’s Service. Women only Workshops (WOW’s) are an Essex wide initiative hosted by Open Road working with women within the Criminal Justice System. These women are some of the most vulnerable people in our society facing a number of issues including mental health, domestic abuse and homelessness. With the new funding available the WOW sessions we will be able to support women to get back onto their feet and into education, training and employment. Open Road will provide mentor support, help searching and applying for jobs and courses, interview practice, free haircuts and smart clothing and shoes. Open Road will also be providing the women with basic essentials in the form of welfare packs and access to luxury toiletries which will improve self-care, confidence and self-esteem.