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Posted on: 3rd November 2015

Open Road Newsletter - On the road - Issue 14

Welcome to our latest newsletter, in celebration of our 25th anniversary


Since our last newsletter we have held and participated in a number of events. Highlights of these feature in this publication.

Our annual charity ball was a great success held on 17th October at Le Talbooth in Dedham with 178 guests attending, which included Bridie Ashrowan, founder of Open Road and her daughter Lily. We had a lively charity auction, which raised nearly £12,000.

This was followed by our AGM on 19th October and our guest speakers Bridie and Richard Ashrowan, founders of Open Road, came all the way from Scotland to talk to staff, volunteers and guests about their vision for setting up the charity, some of the challenges and their great successes.

This was followed with our annual staff and volunteers rewards and recognition event and staff training and development day. There were a number of awards received by staff and volunteers for long service, training and development, going the extra mile and outstanding service.The winner of my award went to

Kevin Shepherd, Service Co-ordinator for the Essex Appropriate Adult Service. Kevin has been with Open Road since 2012, starting originally as an SOS bus volunteer, until he gained
full time employment with Open Road on 1st April 2015 in his current role. He most de nitely deserved this award for his time, commitment and loyalty to the organisation and his colleagues, and continually going the extra mile. Kevin has gone through

a remarkable journey over the last few years and truly deserves this award.

In September, our head of ce team, staff from around the county and volunteers and service users welcomed the new High Sheriff of Essex, Vincent Thompson and his wife Diana Thompson to our of ces in Colchester, to hear some compelling success stories from our service users over an informal lunch.

Since our summer newsletter we have also attended a number of events, including festivals and carnivals, which has raised over £10,000. A big thank you to all the volunteers and staff who supported these events.

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