Independent Monitoring Board

Here you will find details of all IMB Boards who are currently recruiting volunteers. (Refresh your browser to see the latest volunteer vacancies)

As a general rule, applicants should live within an approximate 20 mile radius of the establishment, unless another distance is specified within an individual advertisement below, and should only submit an application form for an ongoing campaign. 

Applicants are requested to submit one application form at a time and to not submit further applications for different IMBs until the outcome of the first has been determined.

Applicants can submit their application form by either email or by post.  To avoid confusion, we would ask that you do not submit duplicate copies by post and email

If your are interested in joining the IMB but your preferred establishment is not recruiting at this time, please check this page at regular intervals as new vacancies are added each week.

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Current Vacancies

Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) Members: 

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at the IMB based within HMP Swinfen Hall, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS14 9QS 
    HMP Swinfen Hall accommodates 640 male long term young adults (18-25 years) serving 4 years and up to life
    Approx time Commitment:  Approx 2.5-3 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference:  202/Swinfen Hall/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 30th November 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Haverigg, Millom, Cumbria, LA18 4NA
    Please note that due to the remote location we will be happy to consider applications from candidates who live 20-30 miles from HMP Haverigg although applicants from further afield will be considered in exceptional circumstances
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms): 214/Haverigg/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 30th November 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Forest Bank, Agecroft Road, Pendlebury, Salford, M27 8FB  
    Please note that we will be happy to consider applications from candidates who live approx 40 miles from HMP Forest Bank
    Time commitment per month:  Initially 6 days per month while undergoing initial training, then dropping to 4-5 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  216/Forest Bank/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 30th November 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at  HMP Hewell, Hewell Lane, Redditch, Worcestershire, B97 6QS
    HMP Hewell holds up to 1261 male adult prisoners
    Time Commitment:  Approx 3-4 days per month, with the possibility of an additional 3 visits per month every 11th week
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted in all correspondence and forms): 218/Hewell/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 7th December 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Birmingham, Winson Green Road, Birmingham, B18 4AS
    HMP Birmingham Contracted Out Cat B Local Prison & Training For Men
    Time Commitment:  Approx 4 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):    219/Birmingham/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 7th December 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at the HMP Erlestoke, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 5TU
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within 30 miles of the prison
    HMP Erlestoke is a Category C Male prison holding sentenced offenders.
    Time commitment: 2-3 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  225/Erlestoke/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 7th December 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Altcourse, Higher Lane, Fazakerly, Merseyside, L9 7LH
    HMP Altcourse is a Cat B Core Local Contracted Out For Men accommodating up to 1030 prisoners
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  226/Altcourse/2014 
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 7th December 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Wandsworth
    Approx 4 days per month including a Board meeting on the morning of the first Thursday of each month. Visits can be flexibly organised, but the majority need to be on weekdays during normal working hours.
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  227/wandsworth/2014  
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 14th December 2014.  

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at The Verne IRC
    Approx 4 days per month including a Board meeting on the morning on the 4th Tuesday of each month. Visits can be flexibly organised, but the majority need to be on weekdays during normal working
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  228/The Verne/2014  
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 28th December 2014. 

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Nottingham, Perry Road, Sherwood, Nottingham, NG5 3AQ
    HMP Nottingham opened in 1890 as a city gaol but was reconstructed in 1912 and until 1997 served as a closed training establishment for adult males. In 1997 it re-rolled as a category B local prison, and now serves the courts of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. It was expanded and modernised in 2010; the present roll is 1050. It is expected that HMP Nottingham will become a resettlement prison in the near future
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  229/Nottingham/2013 
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 21st December 2014.
  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Northumberland, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 9XG
    HMP Northumberland is a Category C Closed Prison for Men accommodating up to 1348 prisoners
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted in all correspondence and forms): 230/Northumberland/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 4th January 2015

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at the IMBs based within Leicestershire: 
    HMP Glen Parva, HMP Gartree and HMP Leicester
    Recruitment Campaign Reference:  231/LEICESTER CLUSTER/2014 
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 4th January 2015

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Lancaster Farms, Stone Row Head, off Quernmore Road, Lancaster, LA1 3QZ
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  232/Lancaster Farms/2014  
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within 30 miles of HMP Lancaster Farms
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 4th January 2015

  • Volunteers required for the Independent Monitoring Board at HM Prison Foston Hall, Foston, Derby, DE65 5DN
    HMP Foston Hall is a closed women’s prison
    Time commitment per month:  Approx 3-4 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference:  233/Foston Hall/2014:
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 21st December 2014
  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at the Immigration Removal Centre, Swinderby, Lincoln, LN6 9PT
    The role of IMB Morton Hall is to monitor and report on the welfare of people in immigration custody within the centre, through observation of their treatment and of the premises in which they are held
    Time Commitment:  Approx 4-5 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  234/Morton Hall/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 21st December 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at the IMB based within HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs, London, W12 0AE
    Recruitment Campaign Reference:  235/wormwood scrubs/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 14th December 2014
    Applicants should live within 20 miles from the establishment
    If you require anything else, please do give me a ring on the number below.

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at the IMB based within HM Prison Frankland, Brasside, Durham, DH1 5YD
    Recruitment Campaign Reference:  237/Frankland/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 18th January 2015
    Applicants should live within 20 miles from the establishment



 

Further information on prisons 

Immigration removal centres

Reference to be quoted in all correspondence and application forms


Person Specification for positions

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join IMBs within prisons to help ensure that proper standards or care and decency are maintained.

Essential criteria
 
You do not need any special qualifications or experience because we will provide all necessary training and support during a 12 month training and mentoring period. You do need to be enthusiastic and open minded, a natural communicator and possess sound, objective judgment. As long as you are 18 years or over, your background can be as a student, a person of working age or retired.

Time Requirements
 
The average is around 3 days per month. However, this will vary between IMBs, and each individual vacancy notice above will specify the average time commitment per month for the individual IMB recruiting.  Some flexibility around when you carry out IMB duties may be available but this will depend on the needs of the IMB and the individual.  However, it is possible that at least some of the input may need to be carried out during normal working hours. Further information will be provided at interview.

Remuneration
 
Unpaid, reasonable expenses re-imbursed.

Additional Information
 
Inside every prison, immigration removal centres and some short-term holding facilities at airports there is an IMB – a group of ordinary members of the public doing an extraordinary job. IMB members are independent, unpaid and work an average of 3 days per month depending on the needs of the Board and the individual. 

Members are the eyes and ears of Ministers and monitor the day-to-day life in their local prison to ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained.

We welcome applications from people over 18 and are particularly keen to hear from young people, those of working age and individuals from black and minority ethnic communities since these groups are under-represented on our existing Boards.

If a former IMB Member wishes to re-join the IMB they can do so but there must be a 3 year gap before applications can be made to rejoin any previous IMB they were a member of.
 
How to Apply 

Complete the appropriate application, diversity and reference forms and email IMBrecruitment@justice.gsi.gov.uk. Alternatively, please telephone 020 3334 3265, providing your name and address and we will post an application pack to you.

Please note that application forms received after the published closing date , or any forms received partially completed or incomplete, will not be accepted. Potential applicants should bear this in mind if submitting applications close to or on the last day. 

If you are submitting any of the application pack forms electronically, within the Declaration Section of the relevant forms, please type in your name and the date within the signature box. 

Applicants should submit only one copy of their application form, either by email or by post. We would ask that you do not submit duplicate copies. 

   
Application form (DOC)

Application guidance (PDF)

References form (DOC)

Diversity form (DOC)

About the IMB (PDF)

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