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 Low Newton, Braside, Durham, DH1 5YA
    HMP Low Newton is a closed female adult and young offender's prison.
    Time Commitment:  1.5 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  153/Low Newton/2014  
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 24th August 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Stocken, Stocken Hall Road, Stretton, Nr Oakham, Rutland, LE15 7RD
    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 31st August 2014
  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at Feltham Young Offenders Institute, Bedfont Road, Feltham, Middlesex, TW13 4ND
    Feltham is a prison for boys and young men from 15 to 21 years old
    Time Commitment:  Approx 3-4 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms): 163/Feltham/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications: 7th September 2014  

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Guys Marsh, Guys Marsh, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 0AH
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within 25 miles of the prison
    HMP Guys Marsh is a Category C Adult Training Prison and designated Foreign National Prisoner centre accommodating up to 579 male prisoners
    Time Commitment:  Approx 2-3 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  167/Guys Marsh/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 14th September 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Bure, Coltishall, Norfolk, NR10 5AJ
    HMP Bure accepts Category C adult male sex offenders and accommodates up to 620 prisoners.
    Time Commitment:  Approx 3 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  168/Bure/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 24th August 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at  IMB Campsfield, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxfordshire, OX5 1RE
    IMB Campsfield is a closed Immigration Removal Centre accommodating male detainees
    Time Commitment:  2-3 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference: 171/Campsfield/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 21st September 2014
  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP HMPYOI Hindley, Gibson Street, Bickershaw, Lancs, WN2 5TH
    In 2009 Hindley became a dedicated centre for offenders under the age of 18 years; in December 2013 Hindley re-rolled to a split site to also house Young Offenders (18-21 year olds)
    Time Commitment:  Approx 2 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted in all correspondence and forms): 172/Hindley/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 7th September 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Usk Prescoed, 47 Maryport Street, Usk, Gwent, NP15 1XP
    HMP Usk Prescoed is a Cat C Adult Training Prison for Men & VPU
    Time Commitment:  Approx 1.5-2 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted in all correspondence and forms): 173/Usk Prescoed/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 24th August 2014
  • 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:  Approx 3.5-4 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted in all correspondence and forms): 174/Bullingdon/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 24th August 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at  HMP Kirklevington Yarm, Cleveland, TS15 9PA
    HMP Kirklevington is a Cat C Resettlement Prison for Men
    Time Commitment:  Approx 2 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted in all correspondence and forms): 175/Kirklevington/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 7th September 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at  HMP Woodhill, Tattenhoe Street, Milton Keynes, MK4 4DA
    HMP Woodhill is a High Security Core Local Prison
    Time Commitment:  Approx 2/3 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted in all correspondence and forms): 176/Woodhill/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 31st August 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at  HMP Peterborough, Saville Road, Westfield, Peterborough, PE3 7PD
    HMP Peterborough holds male Local Cat B Prisoners and female YOI & Adult
    Time Commitment:  Approx 4-5 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted in all correspondence and forms): 177/Peterborough/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 21st September 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at  HMP Hewell, Hewell Lane, Redditch, Worcestershire, B97 6QS
    HMP Hewell holds up to 1261 male adult prisoners
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within 25 miles of the prison
    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): 178/Hewell/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 31st August 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at  HMP Gartree, Leicester Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7RP
    HMP Gartree is a Category B Male Prison accommodating up to 707 prisoners
    Time Commitment:  Approx 3 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted in all correspondence and forms): 179/Gartree/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 7th September 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Buckley Hall, Buckley Farm Lane, Rochdale, Lancs, Rochdale, Lancs
    Time Commitment per month:  Approx 3 days
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  180/Buckley Hall/2014  
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 14th September 2014.  

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Oakwood, Oaks Drive, Featherstone, West Midlands, WV10 7QD
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within approx 40 miles of the prison
    HMP Oakwood is an Adult Male Cat C Prison accommodating up to 1600 prisoners.
    Time Commitment Per Month:  3-5 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  181/Oakwood/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 31st August 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at the HMP Ranby, Retford, Notts, DN22 8EU
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within 30 miles of the prison
    HMP Ranby is a Category C Prison for Adult Males and accommodates up to 1098 prisoners
    Time commitment: Up to 5 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  182/Ranby/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 14th September 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMPYOI Stoke Heath, Stoke Heath, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 2JL
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within 35 miles of the prison
    Time Commitment:  Approx 2-3 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  183/Stoke Heath/2014  
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 28th September 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP South Yorkshire (Hatfield Open and Moorland Assessment Sites) HMP Moorland (Assessment Site), Bawtry Road, Hatfield Woodhouse, Doncaster, DN7 6BW and HMP Hatfield (Open), Thorne Road, Hatfield, Doncaster, DN7 6EL
    Please note that due to the remote location we will be happy to consider applications from candidates who live 20-30 miles from both sites
    Time commitment per month:  approx 1.5-2 days Recruitment
    Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  184/Moorland/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 14th September 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Hatfield Lakes,  Thorne Road, Hatfield, Doncaster, DN7 6EL
    Please note that due to the remote location we will be happy to consider applications from candidates who live 20-30 miles from the prison Time commitment per month:  approx 2-3 days
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  185/Hatfield Lakes/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 31st August 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 35 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):  186/Forest Bank/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 21st September 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Thameside, Griffin Manor Way, Thamesmead, London, SE28 0FJ
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within approx 30 miles of the prison
    Time Commitment:  Approx 3 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):    187/Thameside/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 28th September 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Exeter, New North Road, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4EX
    HMP Exeter is an Adult & Young Offenders Male Local Prison holding 560 prisoners
    Time Commitment:  Approx 1.5-2 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):    188/Exeter/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 28th September 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 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):    190/Birmingham/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 28th September 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP North Sea Camp, Freiston, Boston, Lincs, PE22 0QX
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within 40 miles of the prison HMP North Sea Camp is a Cat D Open Prison for Men Prison accommodating up to 420 prisoners Time Commitment:  Approx 3 days per month Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  166/North Sea Camp/2014 Closing date for completed returned applications is 21st September 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

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.
 
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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