Open Door works with young people and vulnerable adults to help them realise their aspirations and address any barriers that may stop them from achieving their full potential


Thurrock Open Door is a registered charity, 1125477 that has been working in Thurrock since 1976, promoting the well-being of young people and vulnerable adults through programmes that improve mental health and promote emotional resilience.

Our programmes have received national recognition for the way they are developed and delivered with the service user at heart, and for the outstanding results they have achieved. Much of this success is due to the passion and commitment of our staff and trained volunteers, and the excellent relationships we maintain with our commissioners and service users.

Open Door offers a comprehensive support programme, working with stakeholders, partners and statutory agencies, and we help around 4500 people every year. These programmes include:



A drug and alcohol service for Thurrock residents over the age of 18 providing:

  • Family Support
  • Advice and Information
  • Group work
  • One-to-ones
  • Medium level alcohol interventions for offenders
  • ‘Missing children’ interviews for children returning home



A Comic Relief funded alcohol & drug support service for Purfleet area young people aged 11-25 providing:

  • Advice & Information
  • One -to-one support
  • Drop-ins
  • Group work
  • Support for Schools
  • Diversionary Activities - Music, Film Making, Arts and Crafts, Outdoor Activities, Gardening Projects etc.
  • Hate Crime Reporting Service


Housing Advice Support Service (HASS)

For young and vulnerable people in Thurrock, providing:

  • Housing Advice
  • Welfare Benefits
  • Floating Support
  • Mediation



For young people up to the age of 25 providing:

  • Counselling
  • Anger Management
  • NLP
  • Life Coaching
  • Play therapy
  • CBT


Young People Looked After

For young people who are looked after by the Local Authority of Thurrock providing:

  • Advocacy
  • Mentoring
  • Independent Visitors
  • Workshops/ Activities
  • Residential activities



A comprehensive programme of support for young people, the community and professionals, providing:

  • For young people, a programme of motivational and themed workshops and drop-in sessions
  • For the community, family focussed workshops and individual one to one support to develop understanding and increased communication to improve family life
  • For practitioners information workshops on a range of topics such as alcohol and substance misuse through to behaviour management and motivation. Workshops provide valuable up to date information on current legislation and policy, and insight into local trends