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Posted on: 16th December 2014

Celebrating new Young People’s Substance Misuse Service in Medway

Open Road welcomed guests, including Mayor Cllr Barry Kemp, to celebrate the launch of its new Young People’s Substance Misuse Service on Friday 12th of December at their centre in Medway.

Open Road is a leading drug and alcohol addiction support charity based in East Anglia with over 24 years’ experience in the field and now, in its first Medway venture, has a dedicated centre in Chatham. Mayor Cllr Barry Kemp was joined by representatives from Public Health Medway, Public Health England, Medway Council, Kent Police and other partner organisations.

Open Road’s CEO Sarah Wright said “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract earlier in the summer, which was operational from the 1st of September and we look forward to delivering a first class service to the locality”.

The new service is aimed at young people, aged between ten and twenty-one, who are using drugs and/or alcohol. Open Road will provide support and information about drugs and alcohol, as well as the risks and how to reduce them as well as providing support for friends and family members who are worried about someone they know with an addiction.

Suzanna Taylor, Commissioner for Medway Council said, “I am looking forward to working with Open Road and ensuring that the new service is accessed by even more young people, we know that earlier intervention increases the chances of children and young people across Medway having improved opportunities in life.”

Simon Ablitt, project manager for the new service, is only too aware of how important substance misuse services are in reducing offending behaviour, after coming with experience in the substance misuse field and having worked with young people before. Simon says “being offered the opportunity to become the project manager for Open Road’s new Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Service in Medway is a proud moment for me, I have always worked with the principles of hard work, honesty and integrity and this is what I expect our workers to deliver whilst supporting the young people coming into our service. I truly believe that our work in Medway will change young people’s lives.”

Open Road staff, volunteers and service users were on hand to welcome guests and tell them lots more about the service on offer.

Notes to Editors:

Open Road is a registered charity and leading provider of drug and alcohol treatment services in the East of England. In 2015 Open Road will be celebrating 25 years of delivering high quality services to empower individuals and families to recover from the harmful impact of drugs and alcohol. Every year Open Road helps thousands of individuals and their families to combat their drug and alcohol addictions, offering a range of one to one support, group therapy and harm reduction services. Open road currently employs over 100 staff and has a team of over 200 volunteers who actively support our work.

For further information about Open Road please contact us.