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Posted on: 10th November 2014

Open Road Newsletter - On the road - Issue 11

Welcome to our autumn/winter newsletter. As the weather gets colder and the nights draw in, everyone is now on the count down to Christmas!


Choices Alcohol Service has now been implemented across the county for the Integrated Recovery Management Service and the Structured Intervention Service in Mid Essex. All staff have now been recruited and we look forward to seeing some very positive outcomes over the coming months.

Medway young people’s service – we were delighted to be awarded this contract earlier in the summer, which was operational from 1st September. I am also pleased to report that Simon Ablitt is managing this service – please see our “spotlight” feature on Simon and his career progression since joining Open Road.

The Charity Ball was held on the 4th of October at Le Talbooth in Dedham attended by 167 guests. The evening was a great success raising over £9,000!

Our AGM took place on 20th October at Firstsite in Colchester. This commenced at 8.30am with breakfast, followed by our guest speaker Ben Hughes, Head of Commissioning Public Health and Wellbeing at Essex County Council talking about partnerships. Guests of honour attending this event included High Sheriff of Essex, Nicholas Charrington and the Chair of Essex County Council, Norman Hume.

We have finally signed the lease on a new site in Harlow. The building works commenced in October and we hope to be occupying the building by the New Year. This is very exciting for the Harlow team, who have been delivering services in very cramped accommodation for a number of years.

Sadly two members of staff, Shirley Whitby our data in-putter in Colchester and Steve Webb a recovery worker in Lowestoft, recently passed away very suddenly. They will be sorely missed by everyone at Open Road and our condolences go to all their family and friends.

On 13th September Joanna Lisowska, our HR assistant at Head Office, married Dan Longhurst. Congratulations to them both and we wish them a long and happy future together.

And finally again, I would welcome any comments and ideas anyone has on our services or items you would like to see in our forthcoming newsletters.