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 HMP Stocken, Stocken Hall Road, Stretton, Nr Oakham, Rutland, LE15 7RD
    Applications invited from candidates who live within 20-30 miles of the prison
    HMP Stocken is a Category C Training Prison.
    Time Commitment:  2-3 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  155/STOCKEN/2014  
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 2nd November 2014
  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Manchester, Southall Street, Manchester, M60 9AH
    Time Commitment:  Approx 6 days per month for the first six months, dropping to 4 days per month thereafter
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):    189/Manchester/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 5th October 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMPYOI Brinsford, New Road, Featherstone, Wolverhampton, WV10 7PY
    HMPYOI Brinsford accommodates up to 577 young males aged 18-21 years
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within approx 30 miles of the establishment
    Time Commitment:  Approx 3-5 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  191/Brinsford/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 19th October 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Whatton, 14 Cromwell Road, Nottingham, NG13 9FQ
    HMP Whatton is a Category C Training prison for Male Sex Offenders
    Time Commitment:  Approx 3-4 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  192/Whatton/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 12th October 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Leicester, Welford Road, Leicester, LE2 7AJ
    HMP Leicester is an Adult Male Prison holding up to 400 prisoners
    Time Commitment:  Approx 3-4 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  193/Leicester/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 5th October 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Stafford, 54 Gaol Road, Stafford, ST16 3AW
    HMP Stafford is a Category C Closed Training Prison For Men accommodating up to 741 male prisoners
    Time Commitment:  Approx 3 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  198/Stafford/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 12th October 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Ashfield, Shortwood Road, Pucklechurch, Bristol, BS16 9QJ
    HMP Ashfield is a Category C adult male establishment that holds 400 convicted prisoners serving sentences for sexual offences
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within approx 30 miles of the prison
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted in all correspondence and forms): 199/Ashfield/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 26th October 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Channings Wood, Denbury, Newton
    Abbott, Devon, TQ12 6DW

    HMP Channings Wood is a Category C Closed Training Prison for Men
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  200/Channings Wood/2014 
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 26th October 2014.

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP High Down, Sutton Lane, Sutton,
    Surrey, SM2 5PJ

    HMP High Down is a Category B Male Local Prison
    Time Estimate:  Approx 4 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  201/High Down/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 19th October 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Dovegate, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, ST14 8XR 
    HMP Dovegate is a Category B Male Contracted out Training Prison and Therapeutic Community
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within a 30 mile radius of the prison
    Time Commitment:  Approx 3 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  203/Dovegate/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 16/11/14

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at  HMP Bullingdon, Patrick Haugh Road, Arncott, nr Bicester, OX25 1WD 
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within approx 30 miles of the prison
    HMP Bullingdon is a Local and Training for Adult Men accommodating up to 1114 male prisoners
    Time Commitment: Up to 3 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted in all correspondence and forms): 204/Bullingdon/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 19th October 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at  HMPYOI Littlehey, Perry, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 0SR
    Applications are invited from candidates who live up to 30 miles of the prison
    HMPYOI is a Cat C Male and young offenders prison accommodating up to 1206 prisoners
    Time Commitment:  Approx 3-4 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted in all correspondence and forms): 205/Littlehey/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 26th October 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at IMB Haslar, Haslar Immigration Removal Centre, 2 Dolphin Way, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 2AW
    IRC Haslar holds immigration detainees who are awaiting deportation
    Time commitment:  1.5 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  206/Haslar/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 26th October 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Holme House, Holme House Road, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland, TS18 2QU
    HMP Holme House is a Category B  Male Adult and Young Offender Local prison accommodating up to 1230 prisoners.
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within approx 25 miles of the prison
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  207/Holme House/2014  
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 9th November 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at  HMP Bristol, 19 Cambridge Road, Bristol, BS7 8PS
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within approx 20 miles of the prison
    HMP Bristol is a local category B prison with the majority of prisoners staying for less than 12 months.
    Time Commitment:  Approx 1.5-3 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted in all correspondence and forms): 208/Bristol/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 2 November 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Lincoln, Greetwell Road, Lincoln, LN2 4BD
    HMP Lincoln is an Adult Male Local accommodating up to 723 prisoners
    Time Commitment Per Month: 3 to 5 half days per month (usually during normal working week-day hours); slightly more initial few months to allow for training
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  209/Lincoln/2014  
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 2nd November 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HM Prison Bedford, St Loyes Street,  Bedford, MK40 1HG
    HMP Bedford is a Category B Local Men’s prison accommodating up to 480 prisoners
    Time Commitment:  Approx 2-3 days per month (more time may be required during the initial training period)
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  210/Bedford/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 16th November 2014

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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