Member - Volunteers needed on Independent Monitoring Boards (IMB) for Hindley and Risley

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: HMP Hindley, Barracks Road, Bickershaw, Wigan WN2 5TH. HMP Risley, Warrington Road, Risley, Croft, Warrington WA3 6BP.
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: up to 7 vacancies: 3 for IMB Hindley and 4 for IMB Risley
Remuneration: Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.
Time Requirements: Approx. 2 to 3 visits per month in addition to Board Meetings. Although this may be slightly higher during the first year of training, this can be flexible depending on the needs of the Board and the individual. board meeting for Hindley is on the second Wednesday of every month from 12.30 – 2.30pm and the board meeting for Risley is the last Thursday of the month at 9.30am.
Closing Date: 29/08/2021 00:00
Interviews: mid to late Sept

Vacancy Description

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join IMB Hindley and IMB Risley 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 25 miles of the prisons. You need to be enthusiastic, open minded, possess effective communication skills and have the ability to exercise sound, objective judgement.

Additional Information

HMP Hindley is a Category C adult male prison.
HMP Risley is a Cat C training prison holding adult male prisoners with a capacity of 1,095.

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 complete an average of 2-3 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 existing Boards. The role is about fairness and decency and is always rewarding, educational and challenging. Please click on to find out how being an IMB member can benefit you. Visit and view the short film ‘Joining the Independent Monitoring Board’ and hear current IMB members talking about their role.

How to Apply

Applicants can find further information and apply online via the IMB website In exceptional circumstances a paper copy of the application may be possible applicants should contact in the first instance.

Please note that some of our recruitment practices may be adapted in light of restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, tours may not be available and interviews may take place via ZOOM. As part of the recruitment process you will be informed about any local arrangements in place to adapt recruitment processes in light of COVID-19

1137/Hindley & Risley/2021 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)

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