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Posted on: 7th April 2016

Open Road Newsletter - On the road - Issue 15

Welcome to the first newsletter of 2016, and a belated Happy New Year to all readers.

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We have continued to introduce and implement new projects, attend numerous events and receive some very positive feedback from our service users and supporters.

In this newsletter we have highlighted some excellent compliment letters to staff from service users for the positive journey they have had during their time with Open Road.

In December we started delivering our new Veterans service with our partners NEPT and a Veterans walk was organised through Colchester to the Lakes at Colchester General Hospital, to launch this service. This is a pilot project and Peter Cox and Richard Bergson have been seconded to deliver family support and substance misuse services.

Yet again, Open Road referred a number of service users to the Action on Addiction’s SHARP project in Braintree. These service users successfully graduated from SHARP - congratulations to everyone - please see article. I also attended a very moving SHARP reunion event in October, and it was inspirational to see so many people who have completely turned their lives around, and their families.

We also have been very involved in the new Purple Place Project in Chelmsford, with colleagues from ECC, CCG, Emergency Doctors and Chelmsford City Council. This is a pilot night time economy project, similar to our SOS Bus project in Colchester, and is proving successful. We hope that this continues into the future.

We also took on our first apprenticeship, Steve Munnerley, who had been volunteering with us for a number of years. He is now working at our Colchester centre and undergoing training to become a substance misuse worker. We are also recruiting for a new apprentice in Medway within our young persons service.

Finally, I would like to thank Robert Halfon MP and Patron of Open Road, for his continued support.

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