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Posted on: 22nd August 2017

Open Road Newsletter - On the road - Issue 21

Welcome from the Chief Exective

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We have had yet another busy three months and I am delighted to announce that we have retained our young people’s service in Medway as a subcontractor of NELPT (North East London Partnership Trust). We sadly said goodbye to Simon Ablitt, Service Manager Medway after a number of years undertaking various roles within Open Road. Nicha Dyett is now leading the Medway team.

We were also successful in a new partnership with RAPt, who have now rebranded to be called The Forward Trust.This is for services in the Kent prisons, and Open Road will take the lead at Cookham Wood Young Offenders Institute, which is an exciting new venture for us, commencing on 1st October.

We are delighted to announce that we will shortly be having a new SOS Bus for Chelmsford, which is currently being refurbished to include a medical centre.This will be ready in early September.This will enable us to treat more people in the City Centre on Friday and Saturday nights, preventing A & E attendances and will hopefully encourage new volunteers to work on the project. Our grateful thanks to all our funders who have supported this project, which includes the Police and Crime Commissioners funding, Essex County Council, Chelmsford City Council, Essex Community Foundation and Fowler Smith and Jones Trust. We still need to raise further funding for this project and have a number of applications submitted to charitable trusts.

We were delighted to welcome Simon Hall, High Sheriff of Essex to our Head Of ce site towards the end of May, where he met a number of staff, volunteers and clients and heard about all the numerous projects we provide across Essex. Our grateful thanks to Simon for giving up his time to visit us and for all his continued support. 

We also welcomed Geoffrey Probert, High Sheriff of Suffolk, again to our Head Of ce site at the end of June to meet our staff and volunteers and nd out more about the services we offer in Suffolk in partnership with the CRC (Community Rehabilitation Company).Thank you to Geoffrey for taking the time to visit and provide us with support.

Thanks to Chelmsford City Council for funding Terry Hemmings to undertake a pilot project around street drinkers and homelessness around the City Centre. Terry currently runs the Colchester Street Drinkers project and has a wealth of experience in dealing with vulnerable people - we wish him every success.

Our Annual Charity Ball will take place on Saturday 7th October at Le Talbooth in Dedham. If you are able to attend or support this event, with an auction or raffle prize, please contact Nici Hardie on 01206 369782 or e-mail nici.hardie@openroad.org.uk

Our AGM will take place on Monday 16th October at 8.30am at Colchester United Football Stadium. Our speaker is Elizabeth Burton-Philips, author of “Mum, can you lend me twenty quid - what drugs did to my family”. Definitely worth reading and do come along to hear Elizabeth’s very moving story.

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