Volunteers needed on Independent Monitoring Boards (IMB) at HMP/YOI Hindley, HMP Risley & HMP/YOI Thorn Cross

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing
Location: HMP/YOI Hindley, HMP Risley & HMP/YOI Thorn Cross
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 9
Remuneration: Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be re-imbursed
Time Requirements: Approx. 3 to 4 visits per month during probation year which may reduce to 2 - 3 visits per month and this can be flexible depending on the needs of the Board and the individual

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

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Vacancy Description

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. 30 miles of the prison. You need to be enthusiastic, open minded, possess effective communication skills and have the ability to exercise sound, objective judgement.

Person Specification

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join IMB Hindley, HMP Risley & HMP YOI Thorn Cross helping to ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained.

Additional Information

HMP/YOI Hindley is a Category C re-settlement prison for primarily Greater Manchester and Merseyside. It currently accommodates 550 men of all ages (18yrs and upwards). The prison is located on the edge of a village south of Wigan but is accessible by public transport.

HMP Risley is an adult male Category C prison. The prison has accessibility issues particularly with parking.

HMYOI Thorn Cross is a Category D male prison for men of all ages. Buses run hourly with nearest train station being Warrington.

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 3 – 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.

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