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Open Road Wins The High Sheriffs’ Shield

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.

New IPS Individual Placement Support Service

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!

‘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!

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. 

Service User Satisfaction Survey

Service User Satisfaction Survey

We currently reviewing our service user strategy and as part of this review, we would like to gather feedback from those who use our services to help to improve and shape our services.

Open Road welcomes High Sheriff of Essex, Simon Brice

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.

LGBTQ+ Outreach Project

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.

Essex Police to help addicts

Essex Police to help addicts

A police force is using data found on drug dealers' phones to identify and support potential addicts. Essex Police said SMS text messages would be sent to numbers found on devices owned by known county lines drug dealers. The messages will offer those trying to...

Just published! Holding my Breath by Laura Swash.

Just published! Holding my Breath by Laura Swash.

This is a memoir of Laura’s late brother who was a regular at Colchester STaRS and Open Road. It is an account of how ordinary people can become trapped into addiction and not find their way out. As well as fond memories, humour and some unavoidable moments of grief...

Open Road headlines welfare services at Latitude

Open Road headlines welfare services at Latitude

Open Road returned to Latitude for the second year running to provide welfare services throughout the duration of the festival. The team consisted of 43 volunteers from Open Road's SOS Bus, and partner agencies; The Children’s Society (Essex Young Peoples Drug and...