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Posted on: 9th May 2016

Open Road shortlisted for the Charity Awards 2016

Open Road is delighted to announce that it has made the shortlist for this year’s Charity Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious awards scheme in the charity sector.

Open Road has been shortlisted in the Social Care and Welfare category for its SOS Bus project, which aims to reduce the negative impact of excessive alcohol consumption on the night time economy and emergency services such as the East Of England Ambulance Service and Accident & Emergency. The Bus also helps to reduce anti-social behaviour and police time whilst also supporting clubs & pubs.  

The Charity Awards is the sector’s most highly-regarded excellence recognition scheme. All 30 shortlisted charities this year have been judged by an independent panel of sector leaders as having demonstrated outstanding best practice from which other organisations can learn.  

The ten category winners, plus the recipients of the Overall Award for Excellence and the Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement, will be announced at a ceremony and dinner on Thursday 9 June at the Mermaid Theatre in London’s Blackfriars. The black-tie evening will be hosted by former BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull, who will be joined by representatives of the shortlisted charities, alongside senior figures from the charity and civil society sector, and a smattering of celebrities from the worlds of theatre, television, music and sport.  

Tania Mason, editorial director at Civil Society Media which organises the Charity Awards, congratulated Open Road on making the highly-coveted shortlist.  She said:

“We had a record number of entries this year, and the standard was particularly high, so Open Road should be very proud to have made the shortlist. 

“For 16 years the Charity Awards have been identifying and celebrating the fantastic work that UK charities do, and the rigorous judging process ensures that only the very best-run charities make it through.

“We wish Open Road the very best of luck on the night.”

John Low, chief executive of Charities Aid Foundation, overall partner of the Charity Awards, said:

“CAF exists to support the amazing work of charities. Anyone looking to see some of the impressive ways in which charities make a difference would only need to take a look at the shortlisted nominees for this year’s Charity Awards.

“These are shining examples of charities at their very best, showing determined leadership and constantly innovating to support people in communities across the UK and beyond. It has been a difficult year for the charity sector and there are important lessons to take away from this. But it is no less vital that we continue to celebrate the success of charities which make such a difference to people’s lives in so many different ways. 

“Recognising the achievements of charities, like those in this year’s shortlist, is a crucial part of how we continue to maintain and build a proud culture of caring for others and selfless generosity in Britain.”

Open Road’s Chief Executive, Sarah Wright said: 

Open Road is delighted to have been shortlisted for such a prestigious award.  Of course, we don’t do what we do just to win awards, but when you do get recognition it gives you a big morale boost and incentive to carry on.  It’s fantastic to hear that the work we are doing is appreciated.” 

The Shortlist 2016

Advice, support and campaigning

Migrant Help

Women’s Resource Centre

YOU Trust

Arts, culture and heritage

Eureka! The National Children’s Museum

Northern Ballet

Unlimited Theatre

Children and youth

Active Change Foundation

Children’s Food Trust

For Jimmy


C-Change Scotland

English Federation of Disability Sport


Education and training


The Boxing Academy

Environment and conservation

Eden Project

Keep Britain Tidy


Grantmaking and funding

SHINE (Support and Help In Education)

The Bulldog Trust

Winner, the Preston Road Women’s Centre

Healthcare and medical research

Combat Stress

Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes


International aid and development

Camfed International

Omid Foundation

Send a Cow

Vision for a Nation Foundation

Social care and welfare

Community Links Northern Ltd

Open Road

The Trussell Trust

For more information about the Charity Awards 2016, including contacts at the shortlisted charities, please contact: 

Francesca Stokes, 020 7819 1207,

Notes to editors:

The Charity Awards 2016, now in its sixteenth year, is organised by Civil Society Media, publishers of Charity Finance, Fundraising and Governance & Leadership magazines and 

Notes to Editors:

Open Road is a registered charity and leading provider of drug and alcohol treatment services in the East of England. In 2015 Open Road will be celebrating 25 years of delivering high quality services to empower individuals and families to recover from the harmful impact of drugs and alcohol. Every year Open Road helps thousands of individuals and their families to combat their drug and alcohol addictions, offering a range of one to one support, group therapy and harm reduction services. Open road currently employs over 100 staff and has a team of over 200 volunteers who actively support our work.

For further information about Open Road please contact us.