Open Road

  • Is a leading charity in East Anglia and Kent providing wellbeing initiatives, counselling, and practical help for people affected by drug or alcohol addiction and other health and social problems.

In 2017/18, Open Road:

  • Helped over 11000 people with a wide range of problems including 3262 in structured drug and alcohol treatment and over 500 offenders.
  • Achieved Recovery: 75% of users exiting an Open Road structured service successfully completed their treatment programme.
  • Began providing substance misuse treatment in HMP YOI Cookham Wood, a young people’s prison in Medway.

  • Extended our successful work with street drinkers in Colchester into Chelmsford.
  • Operated 6 major drug and alcohol treatment centres in Basildon, Chelmsford, Clacton, Colchester, Gillingham, and Harlow.
  • Operated outreach and provides services across Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Medway from service points in our own buildings, GP practices, community centres and other facilities.
  • Managed the Colchester and Chelmsford SOS Bus services to reduce the negative impact of the night time economy. In 2017/18, over 1000 people were supported on an Open Road SOS Bus.
  • Has provided welfare services at V Festival in Chelmsford for the last twelve years. In 2017 we provided a similar service at the Steel Yard festival in Liverpool and London.
  • Delivers the Appropriate Adult service across Essex, which protects the rights and welfare of young people and vulnerable adults detained or interviewed by the police. The service attended over 1100 calls in 2017/18.
  • Provided a harm minimisation programme and needle exchanges to prevent the spread of HIV and hepatitis for drug and steroid users. In 2017/18, approximately 500 substance users accessed the needle exchanges at our centres, and approximately 40000 needles were exchanged.

  • Led delivery of needle exchange provision at pharmacies throughout Essex. This project distributed approximately 250000 needles in 2017-18.
  • Employed 96 members of staff and works with 249 volunteers and mentors. In 2017/18 we employed 25 ex-volunteers.
  • Had a turnover of £2,986,115, funded through Public Health, local councils, North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, Big Lottery, CRCs, charitable trusts and donations from businesses and individuals.

  • Works in partnership with Drug & Alcohol Action Teams, Police Forces, the NHS, the National Probation Service and community rehabilitation companies, local authorities, social services, youth offending and other voluntary sector organisations, including our Essex Choices service consortium partners The Children’s Society.