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Posted on: 27th October 2014

Record attendance at Open Road’s AGM

Over 120 people attended Open Road’s AGM last Monday (20th October 2014).

Ben Hughes, Head of Commissioning Public Heath and Wellbeing at Essex County Council was this year’s guest speaker. Ben Hughes addressed an audience which included staff, volunteers and partner agencies, commissioners and funders; he highlighted the importance of integration and partnership working in modern recovery-focussed drug and alcohol services.

Open Road is the leading drug and alcohol support charity in Essex and Suffolk and was delighted to have such a prominent speaker to address the audience at our AGM. Ben Hughes was joined by the Mayor of Colchester, Cllr John Elliott, and the Mayoress Mrs Janet Elliot, along with Nicholas Charrington, the High Sheriff of Essex and Cllr Norman Hume, the Chairman of Essex County Council.

Sarah Wright, Open Road’s Chief Executive commented that “this was our 21st AGM and I am delighted that Ben agreed to be our speaker this year and to talk about the work he is involved with supporting recovery across the county of Essex.

Open Road has operated in Essex for over 23 years and has recently established services in Suffolk and Norfolk and more recently in Medway, Kent. The charity works to reduce the harmful impact of drugs and alcohol on users and their families and enjoys a high success rate.

Below is a video shown at the event:

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.