Recovery Worker, Colchester

Recovery Worker (Substance Misuse), Colchester

Location – Colchester
Hours – Full-time (37.5) 
Working Pattern – Monday to Friday
Salary – £22,809.35 per annum
Closing date –  19th April 2024

Do you wish to develop further into a career in substance misuse support?  Do you have experience in helping vulnerable people making changes in their lives?  If so, have you thought about working for Open Road?

Open Road provides drug and alcohol treatment services and offender support services across Essex & Kent including a range of structured interventions that deliver mentoring, advice and relapse prevention programmes. Accredited with Investing In Volunteers and Investors in People, our mission is to empower a diverse range of individuals, families and communities to lead healthy and meaningful lives, free from addiction, offending behaviour and disadvantage, to ensure healthier, happier lifestyles.

The Benefits of Working for Open Road:

  • Full job specific training including drug & alcohol, case and risk management, Trauma Informed Practice and Motivational Interviewing.
  • Access to funding for further development training in many areas including a pathway into management.
  • Competitive salary plus regular salary reviews.
  • Flexible working or hybrid homeworking policy following successful completion of probation for most roles.
  • 25 days per year AL plus Bank Holidays, and you can take an additional day off for your birthday!
  • Access to the AIG Smart Health App for services including a 24-hour GP service, mental health support and wellbeing services.
  • Pension and Life Assurance – Details of our Royal London scheme are available, as well as our Death in Service benefit which is x2 salary.

What is the role?

The Recovery Worker is part of the Integrated Recovery Service Team. Working with clients, they initiate recovery, utilising clients’ individual recovery capital, and support reintegration and sustained long term recovery from substance misuse.  As the Recovery Worker you will be responsible for care co-ordination of all clients entering the service and engaging in treatment. You will also be responsible for the development of recovery plans for individual clients, and for liaising with other service providers relevant to the individual’s needs.

A day in the life

Recovery Workers can have a reasonable caseload, which will allow you to have the opportunity to form a positive relationship with the clients offering them support through the delivery of psychosocial interventions and group work. Recovery Workers will collaborate with partner agencies to further support in areas such as housing, benefits and employment. The Recovery Worker will also explore possible pathways into detox, community or residential rehab. Following the successful completion of structured interventions, the Recovery Worker will provide recovery support and the transition into aftercare services.

What you need
– Excellent communication, time management and administrative skills.
– A willingness to learn and work with a variety of people.
– Have a clear understanding of, and a commitment to safeguarding best practice.
– A commitment to multi-agency working, and be able to work in partnership with other agencies within the treatment system to achieve good outcomes for clients.

This position is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check at enhanced level.


Please use the following link to complete our online application form.  Prior to starting please ensure you have all of the relevant information to hand.  Take time to review the job pack below as the shortlisting will be carried out with the Job Description and Person Specification in mind.

Open Road Application Form (online form)

Open Road Equal Opportunities Form (online form) 

Alternatively, you can use this link to complete the form via word and email to 

Open Road Application Form

Open Road Equal Opportunities Form

Open Road values and respects the diversity and individual differences of our services users, staff and our volunteers.

Job Pack

Job Description

Person Specification

DANOS Competencies

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