SOS Bus Drivers

SOS Bus Drivers (various roles)

Contract: Zero Hours
Salary: £12 per hour (days) £16 per hour (nights)
Working Pattern: Flexible – Monday to Sunday (when needed) 

Closing date: 23rd May 2024

Do you live in Essex and hold a C1 drivers licence? We are recruiting day-time and night-time drivers for our SOS Bus. Our bus runs throughout the day covering Essex, working with partnership agencies to support vulnerable people in numerous ways, and at night to support the night-time economy in Colchester & Chelmsford.

A day in the life

Day time / Outreach 

To support the outreach service by being an ambassador for Open Road and its services.  You will drive the bus to rural areas in Essex and ensure general maintenance issues are met, such as checking the oil and fuel and at times you may be asked to clean the vehicle and check logs are completed.  While on site, you will use your training to signpost people into treatment if they wish to engage with it.  This will also provide an opportunity to talk to interested parties about our services and the possibility of volunteering for Open Road. It is envisaged that a standard shift will be no more than 8 hours.

Night Time – Colchester 

You will drive the bus to the location needed for the night time support before the parking restrictions are open to the public (around 5.30pm).  You will then leave the vehicle and return in the morning (4-5.00 am) to return it to the local underground parking.

Night Time – Chelmsford

Due to restrictions in the city centre, you will need to pick up the Bus from the ARU and drive into the centre for 10pm for the teams to use.  You will then need to return in the morning (3.30 – 4.00 am) to collect the Bus and take back to the ARU.

Please specify on your application which role you’re applying for: Daytime/Outreach, Night-time Colchester or Night-time Chelmsford.

What it’s like to work for Open Road
Open Road provides drug and alcohol treatment services and offender support services across Essex & Kent including a range of interventions that deliver mentoring, advice and information programmes. Accredited with Investing In Volunteers, our mission is to empower a diverse range of individuals, families and communities to lead healthy and more meaningful lives, free from addiction, offending behaviour and disadvantage, to ensure healthier, happier lifestyles.

What you need
– To be over the age of 21 and held a C1 drivers licence for at least 1 year.
– Willing to be flexible and work outside of office hours.
– Experience of working in an environment that may at times be challenging.
– Have good communications skills and ability to work with people of all ages.


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 – Days/Outreach

Person Specification – Days/Outreach

Job Description – Nights

Person Specification – Nights

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