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Posted on: 19th March 2018

Open Road Newsletter - On the road - Issue 23

Welcome to our March newsletter.


We were delighted to be awarded a new contract in Medway for an adult recovery service, which was a great start to the new year. We will be working with a new partner - Turning Point who will provide the treatment element of the service and then clients will be referred to Open Road to work with them to continue their recovery. This is a five year contract and a very exciting new service.

We were extremely honoured that the Very Revd Nicholas Henshall, Dean of Chelmsford Cathedral, agreed to become a Patron of Open Road in January. We are looking forward to working with him over the coming year. We will have more information in our May newsletter.

In December we officially launched our new SOS bus in Chelmsford and were delighted that the Chair of Essex County Council, Cllr John Aldridge was able to attend and officiate at this event. The event was attended by Trustees, staff, volunteers and representatives from the FPCC’s office, NHS England, Street Pastors, Councillors and many other supporters.

We said a very sad goodbye to Jane da Silva who retired at the end of December, having been our counsellor at the MCTC (Military Corrective Training Centre) for the last 14 years, but actually joined Open Road in 1996, initially as a Trustee, and then as an employed Counsellor at our Colchester and Clacton centres. A big thank you to Jane for her amazing commitment over the last 22 years. We will all miss you.

Congratulations to all our brilliant volunteers and staff working with volunteers, for enabling us to be awarded the IiV standard (Investing in Volunteers). This award was very well deserved, as Open Road could not exist with out the commitment of all our numerous volunteer teams.

Our next newsletter will be published in May, 2018, so please do let me have any interesting articles you wish to have published.