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 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 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  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

  • 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 HM Prison Isle of Wight, 55 Parkhurst Road, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 5RS
    HMP Isle of Wight's present role is a category B male training prison.  The prison holds approximately 1100 prisoners on two sites with a central administration
    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):  211/IOW/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 2nd November 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at  HMP Woodhill, Tattenhoe Street, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK4 4DA
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within approx 20 miles of the prison
    HMP Woodhill Woodhill has a dual role in that it also holds Category A prisoners
    Time Commitment:  Approx 3-4 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted in all correspondence and forms): 212/woodhill/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 9th November 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at  HMP Dartmoor, Princetown, Yelverton, Devon, PL20 6RR
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within approx 35 miles of the prison
    HMP Dartmoor is a Category ‘C’ training prison for adult male prisoners.
    Time Commitment:  Approx 4-5 days per month during the probation year, reducing to an average 3-4 days per month and can be flexible depending on the needs of the Board and the individual.
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted in all correspondence and forms): 213/Dartmoor/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 23rd November 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 2nd 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 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):  215/Oakwood/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 16th 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 Garth, Ulnes Walton Lane, Leyland, Lancashire, PR26  8NE
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  217/Garth/2014  
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 23rd 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 HMP/YOI Cookham Wood, Sir Evelyn Road, Rochester, Kent, ME1 3LU
    HMPYOI Cookham Wood accommodates 15-18 year old young men
    Time Commitment:  Approx 3 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):    220/Cookham Wood/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 16th November 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Winchester, Romsey Road, Winchester, Hants, SO22 5DF
    HMP Winchester is a Category B Local Male Prison accommodating up to 706 prisoners
    Time Commitment:  Approx 3-4 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  221/Winchester/2014
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 23rd November 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP's Warren Hill and Hollesley Bay
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  222/Warren & Hollesley/2014
    Please specify your preference on the application from.  
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 23rd November 2014

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at the IMBs based within HMP Hull
    Recruitment Campaign Reference:  224/Hull/2014
    date for completed returned applications is 23rd November 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 Brixton
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  223/Brixton/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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