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 Long Lartin
    Approx 4 to 5 days per month during probation year which then reduces to 3 to 4 days. 
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within 35 Miles of HMP Long Lartin Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all
    correspondence and forms):  268/LONG LARTIN/2015 Closing date for completed returned applications is 5th April 2015. 
  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMPYOI Thorn Cross 
    Approx 2 to 2.5 days per month during the normal working hours
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within 30 Miles of HMYOI THORN CROSS
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  248/THORN CROSS/2015
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 29th March 2015. 

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMYOI Werrington, Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire, ST9 0DX
    HMYOI Werrington is a Juvenile Centre for vulnerable young people aged 15-18 years and accommodates 160 prisoners
    Time Commitment:  Approx 2 days per month
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  254/Werrington/2015
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 29/03/15

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Winchester 
    Approx 4-5 days per month during the probation year which then reduces to 3-4 days per month.
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within 30 miles of the Establishment
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  257/Winchester/2015
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 15 March 2015

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Pentonville 
    Approx 4-5 days per month during the probation year which then reduces to 3-4 days per month.
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within 15 miles of the Establishment
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  258/PENTONVILLE/2015
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 15 March 2015

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP/YOI STYAL 
    Approx 4-5 days per month during the probation year which then reduces to 3-4 days per month.
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  259/STYAL/2015
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 29 March 2015

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Prison ONLEY
    Approx 4 to 5 days per month during the Probation year which then reduces to 3-4 days.
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within 20 Miles of HMP ONLEY
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  260/ONLEY/2015
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 8th March 2015.  

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Prison Woodhill
    Approx 2 to 3 days per month.
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within 15 Miles of HMP WOODHILL
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  261/WOODHILL/2015
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 15th March 2015.  

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Prison EXETER
    Approx 3 to 4 days per month.
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within 20 Miles of HMP Exeter
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  262/EXETER/2015
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 12th April 2015.  

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Lowdham Grange
    Approx 5 days per month during probation year 4 days after probation.
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within 20 Miles of HMP LOWDHAM GRANGE
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  263/LOWDHAM GRANGE/2015
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 5th April 2015.  

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Prison North sea Camp
    Approx 3 to 4 days per month
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within 50 Miles of HMP Prison North sea Camp
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  264/North Sea Camp/2015
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 5th April 2015.

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Nottingham 
    Approx 4 to 5 days per month during probation year which then reduces to 3 to 4 days.
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within 30 Miles of HMP Nottingham
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  265/NOTTINGHAM/2015
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 5th April 2015.

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at AYLESBURY
    Approx 4 to 5 days per month during probation year which then reduces to 3 to 4 days. Initially these will be half days.
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within 20 Miles of Aylesbury
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  266/AYLESBURY/2015
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 5th April 2015.

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Stafford
  • Approx 4 to 5 days per month during probation year which then reduces to 3 to 4 days.
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within 20 Miles of HMP Stafford
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  267/STAFFORD/2015
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 19th April 2015.

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Lindholme
    Approx 4 to 5 days per month during probation year which then reduces to 3 to 4 days.
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within 30 Miles of HMP Lindholme Board meetings are on the third Tuesday of each month at 10:00 am.
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  269/Lindholme/2015
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 5th April 2015.

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP YOI Littlehey 
    Approx 4 to 5 days per month during probation year which then reduces to 3 to 4 days.
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within 20 Miles of HMP YOI Littlehey Board meetings are on the second Wednesday of each month at 10:00 am. 
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  270/Littlehey/2015 
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 29th March 2015.  

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Oakwood
    Approx 4 to 5 days per month during probation year which then reduces to 3 to 4 days.
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within 40 Miles of HMP Oakwood Board meetings are on the third Thursday of each month.
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  271/Oakwood/2015
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 26th April 2015.
  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Kirkham Approx 3 to 4 days per month 
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within 20 Miles of HMP Kirkham Board meetings are on the morning of the third Friday of each month at 9:00 am.
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  272/Kirkham/2015
    Closing date for completed returned applications is 5th April 2015.  

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Grendon and HMP Springhill
    Approx 4 to 5 days per month during probation year which then reduces to 3 to 4 days
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within 30 Miles of HMP Grendon and HMP Springhill Board meetings are on the first Friday of each month at 12:30
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  273/Grendon Sprinhill/2015 Closing date for completed returned applications is 19th April 2015.  

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP YOI Isis & HMP Belmarsh
    Approx 4 to 5 days per month during probation year which then reduces to 3 to 4 days.
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within 20 Miles of HMP YOI Isis & HMP Belmarsh.
    Isis board meetings are on the third Wednesday of each month at 13:00.
    Belmarsh board meetings are on the first Thursday of each month at 09:15.
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  274/Isis & Belmarsh/2015 Closing date for completed returned applications is 5th April 2015.  

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Highpoint
    Approx 4 to 5 days per month during probation year which then reduces to 3 to 4 days.
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within 35 Miles of HMP Highpoint Board meetings are on the last Thursday of each month at 13:00.
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  275/Highpoint/2015 Closing date for completed returned applications is 5th April 2015.  

  • Volunteer IMB Board Members required at HMP Hewell
    Approx 4 to 5 days per month during probation year which then reduces to 3 to 4 days.
    Applications are invited from candidates who live within 30 Miles of HMP Hewell Board meetings are on the third Monday of each month at 10:00am.
    Recruitment Campaign Reference (to be quoted on all correspondence and forms):  276/Hewell/2015 Closing date for completed returned applications is 5th April 2015.  

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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