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Posted on: 6th November 2013

Open Road Newsletter - On the road - Issue 9

Welcome to the Autumn 2013 issue of our quarterly newsletter, ‘On the road’.


Welcome to our latest newsletter which covers a number of events over the summer period and what a fantastic summer we have had. The darker evenings and colder weather are now creeping in as we head towards Christmas!!

So what has been happening in the last three months – well we have had a number of high profile visitors to both our centres and the SOS bus, whichinclude Stephen Kavangh the Chief Constable of Essex; Julia Able-Smith,
the High Sherif of Essex; and Nick Alston PCC for Essex. Nick also agreed to be our guest speaker at our AGM which took place on 21st October at Firstsite in Colchester.

The AGM attracted over 100 staff, volunteers, funders and guests which certainly was an excellent turnout. The event was rounded off by showing a DVD which was compiled by Sophie Jackson, a student on placement with us, demonstrating our achievements over the last year.

This event was followed by a morning of staff development sessions and ended with our rewards and recognition ceremony including our long service awards. It was really amazing to be able to give out so many long service awards to staff and Trustees for their time, loyalty and commitment to Open Road.

Again this year we attended the V Festival providing a chill out tent for festival goers, with over 80 staff and volunteers supporting this event over 24 hours each night and day.

We held our annual summer party in September with over 120 staff and volunteers attending. Despite the lovely summer we have had, it did rain a couple of times throughout the day, but this didn’t seem to dampen anyone’s spirits, and as you can see Alan Trudgian continued cooking the BBQ throughout the downpour!

A warm welcome to Tracy Wellsted who joined the senior management team in September and who is now responsible for our quarterly newsletters.

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