Throughout Covid, Open Road’s doors in Essex and Medway have remained open, helping vulnerable clients.  Demand for our services has increased year on year and we continue to support all who come to us – in the last year alone, 11,500 people. Our challenge is ensuring there’s enough funding to keep helping people who just want better lives and really need our support.


After a three year wait, we welcome back our fundraising Charity Ball, on Saturday 1st October, at Le Talbooth in Dedham.  The ball is our main fundraiser for the year where every penny raised supports our frontline services.  Tickets are already selling – tables of 10 or 12 are available, with tickets priced at £90.  We would absolutely love to see you there, on what is always a really fun, exhilarating night of celebration.  The event includes a fundraising auction and raffle – if you felt able to donate an auction lot or raffle prize, we would be incredibly grateful.


The ball’s fundraising helps many people in different ways.  As well as supporting people on their journey to recovery from substance misuse, we help their families and communities who are also deeply affected by this issue. We support vulnerable criminal justice clients detained in Essex police custody suites and help clients on release from prison to return to their families and local communities, maintaining non-offending positive lives. Our welfare services support clients as they regain healthier, happier lives back in their communities and the IPS employment service helps people in recovery get back into employment. The Colchester and Chelmsford SOS buses remain a vital presence in these town and city centres every weekend, as well as now offering community welfare services to the public during the week, throughout Essex.


Please join us on 1st October to celebrate a year of helping vulnerable people to achieve healthier, happier lifestyles – we hope to see you there.  To buy tickets, donate to the raffle and auction or find out about sponsorship of the event, please email us on or please ring 01206 369782.


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