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Posted on: 22nd April 2015

Harlow Official Launch Event

The new Open Road centre in Harlow welcomed over 50 professionals and guests to attend the official launch event last Friday, including Conservative candidate Robert Halfon.

The Harlow team opened their doors to the public on February 23rd and have since settled in to the new premises after a lengthy wait at a smaller centre. The staff are delighted to be in the centre of town, where the recovery centre will be more accessible to service users.

Guests from the event included Harlow’s Conservative politician Robert Halfon, who hopes to restore his MP title in the upcoming elections. Robert Halfon, Patron of Open Road was delighted to attend the event, making an opening speech to the welcomed guests and enjoying a buffet lunch prepared by staff.

Staff were joined by Chief Executive, Sarah Wright, along with fellow service managers, supporters and Trustees of Open  Road.

Chief Executive, Sarah Wright stated:

“I am delighted that we have finally moved to much larger premises in the centre of Harlow.  Having worked out of very cramped conditions for a number of years, this new site has given our staff and volunteers a much needed boost.  It was a great honour to have Robert Halfon, our Patron officiating at the launch event.”

The new Harlow centre in Westgate is currently the only recovery centre located in West Essex, attracting service users from many areas in the county. The centre provides a drug and alcohol recovery service and offers advice, information, support, assessments and access to treatments.

Robert Halfon posted a Twitter update soon after the event saying

“Great that @open_road drugs rehab charity now has premises in Harlow town centre. An Honour to have done official opening.”


(Conservative candidate Robert Halfon and West Essex Service Manager Ali Firth)

Robert Halfon also posted a photograph of himself with West Essex Service Manager at Harlow, Ali Firth on Twitter saying, “Pleased to be with Ali Firth, Manager of @open_road drug and alcohol recovery centre to open new premises in Westgate.”

Open Road would like to thank those who attended the event on Friday as well as the staff members and volunteers who helped to make it a successful day.