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Posted on: 10th May 2017

Open Road Newsletter - On the road - Issue 20

Welcome to our May newsletter.


The last three months has been an exciting, challenging and anxious time for our clients, volunteers and staff, as we prepared to implement and commence our new AARCS (All Age Recovery Service) in partnership with the Children’s Society, commissioned by Essex County Council, Public Health.  We had to completely restructure the old service to the new, which understandably can cause anxieties within the team.  We said goodbye to a number of staff who were either TUPE’d over to Action on Addiction, some staff on fixed contracts, some redundancies and others who chose to leave to find new opportunities elsewhere.  We wish all of these staff the very best wishes for the future and a big thank you for their commitment to Open Road during their time with us.   We are delighted to welcome new members of staff to the teams across Essex and have successfully commenced the new contract from 1st April.

Our new steroid project funded by the National Lottery for three years commenced on 1st April, please see Jody’s article on page 4  and spotlight on Leah Vincent on page 3, who joined the team in March after returning from maternity leave.

Open Road was delighted that Anna Trudgian was awarded ‘Manager of the Year’, and Georgia Line ‘Unsung Hero’ by Essex County Council.

We were awarded Investors In People Gold when we were reassessed recently.  This award will be in place for the next three years.

We were also delighted to be awarded a High Sheriff’s Award and a cheque for £1,000 towards our new SOS project in Chelmsford to train and induct our new volunteers.

We submitted a bid to Colchester’s Big Choice and were awarded £5,000 towards IT equipment for our clients in Colchester, which will enhance their IT skills and help them prepare CV’s for new employment opportunities.

Another success was a grant for £8,400 from Essex Community Foundation towards a family support worker in Clacton, which is greatly needed.

We have some exciting events coming up over the coming months.  We then have our sponsored walk on Saturday 20th May - please see our Facebook page for more information.  Our annual charity ball takes place on Saturday 7th October at Le Talbooth in Dedham and finally our AGM on Monday 16th October,.

Our next newsletter will be published in August, 2017, so please do let me have any interesting articles you wish to have published.