Messages from our Patrons
Chief Constable - Simon Bailey
I like OPEN’s ambition that every penny of profit raised through the venue’s live music, conferences and events will fund its youth drop-in facilities.
Additionally, through programmes such as Your Life, the charity is giving young people challenged by low self-esteem, bullying or disadvantage the confidence and life-skills to find work and follow their passion.
Patron of the Arts - Lady Anwen Hurt
Business Leader - Mark Jeffries
OPEN plays a vital role in providing facilities and delivering services for young people in Norfolk.
I am delighted to be able to support the energetic team there who are working so hard to deliver the benefits of education, industry and commerce working together. There is enormous potential for the future.
Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk - Richard Jewson
OPEN is a remarkable organisation that makes a difference to so many lives. It is organisations like OPEN and the agencies it draws in that give me great hope for the young people of Norfolk.
It is an honour to be Patron of such a vibrant, exciting and well run charity at a time when fundraising reputations are under such scrutiny.
Introducing our Ambassadors
British Wheelchair Tennis Player
Alfie is a confident and very popular local hero who will be an inspiration to other young people of his age.
I was thrilled to be asked to be an ambassador for OPEN and I'm looking forward to spreading the word about their work and sharing my experience with young people living in my home city.
3000m Steeplechase Champion
I was always very shy as a teenager and lacked a lot of confidence, however through my passion for sport...
...I have been able to break out of my comfort zone and experience things I never thought possible. As a charity OPEN gives young people a platform to discover their passion, grow as individuals and do things they too never deemed possible. I am extremely excited and grateful to be an ambassador for this great charity.
Team GB Track Cyclist
British Mountain Bike Champion
OPEN has already demonstrated that being an ambassador is a two way street.
I am very grateful for the support of their youth team and management in giving me a platform in social media, school talks and an open invitation to join in with the amazing activities and programme.