Member - Volunteers needed on Independent Monitoring Boards (IMB) at HMP Lewes

Announced
Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Prison & Policing
Location: HMP Lewes, 1 Brighton Road, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1EA
Number of Vacancies: 5
Remuneration: Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be re-imbursed
Time Requirements: Approx. 6 to 7 visits/training days per month in the first six months of the probation year which then reduces to around 3 - 4 visits per month and this can be flexible depending on the needs of the Board and the individual
Closing Date: 19/08/2018 00:00
Interviews: Tours for potential candidates are likely to be conducted in the weeks of 3 and 10 September with interviews taking place in the week of 24 September 2018.

Vacancy Description

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join IMB Lewes helping to ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained.

Person Specification

Applicants do not need any special qualifications or experience as we will provide all necessary training and support. Candidates need to be over 18 years of age and live within approx. 20 miles of the prison. You need to be enthusiastic, open minded, possess effective communication skills and have the ability to exercise sound, objective judgement.

Additional Information

HMP/YOI Lewes is a male category B and C local prison, in the centre of Lewes. It is a Victorian building with many stairs and heavy gates.  Inside every prison, 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 4 visits 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. Your background can be as a student, a person of working age or retired. We welcome applications from people over 18 and are particularly keen to hear from those of working age and individuals from black and minority ethnic communities, since these groups are under-represented on the existing Boards. The role is about fairness and decency and is always rewarding, educational and challenging. Please click on www.imb.org.uk to find out how being an IMB member can benefit you. Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuQ4WxirPlg and view the short film ‘Joining the Independent Monitoring Board’ and hear current IMB members talking about their role.

How to Apply

An application pack along with further details on how to apply is available from http://www.imb.org.uk/join-now/current-vacancies/.Completed applications should be emailed to IMBrecruitment@justice.gsi.gov.uk by the closing date. Alternatively, please telephone 020 3334 3265 providing your name and address and we will post one to you. Completed applications should be posted to IMB Secretariat, 9th Floor, Post Point 9.52, The Tower, 102 Petty France, London, SW1H 9AJ by the closing date

Reference Number:           821/Lewes/2018 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)

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