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A Thanksgiving and Celebration Marking Our 30th Anniversary

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 Founders Walking 30 Miles To Kagyu Samye Ling

Open Road Founders Walking 30 Miles To Kagyu Samye Ling

Our founders Bridie & Richard Ashrowan, will be walking 30 miles to Kagyu Samye Ling, a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery & Centre for World Peace & Health, and back, on Sunday 3rd Oct to raise money for our 30for30 challenge.

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.

Warning Drug Alert – Heroin with Fentanyl

Warning Drug Alert – Heroin with Fentanyl

We have just received information from Essex Police that one of the county lines in Chelmsford may be mixing fentanyl into heroin batches. Please be cautious, look out for each other, and do not use heroin by yourself. Make sure you carry Naloxone. If you suspect...

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.

Open Road Recovery Walk 2021

Open Road Recovery Walk 2021

Join us on our Recovery Walk on the 4th of July, celebrating 30 years of supporting our wonderful clients and their recovery from addiction. The past year has been difficult for many of us and as a result, we have seen an increase of people coming to us for support...

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...

Open Road supports at the Steel Yard Festival

Open Road supports at the Steel Yard Festival

The late May bank holiday weekend saw a team from Open Road attend the Steel Yard Festival 2019 to provide welfare services to festival goers. The popular Creamfields event was attended by 30'000 people over the two days with a small team from Open Road headed up by...