Make a difference: join the team of prison gamechangers in HMP Lindholme

by | 12 October 2021 | Notice, Retford

Do you think everyone in custody deserves to be treated fairly? Are you looking for a role which gives insight into a world that few people see?
If so, the local Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) team at HMP Lindholme, near Doncaster, is looking for people who live locally (within 30 miles) to join them now.
Members are volunteers who monitor activity across the establishment, talk to prisoners and make sure they are treated fairly and humanely. Every year the Board writes a report that goes directly to the prisons minister.
Successful applicants have full access to the prison to undertake the role, and although it’s unpaid, travel, childcare and loss of earnings expenses are available; comprehensive training and support is provided.
As Stephanie Coates, a current IMB member at HMP Lindholme, said: “It could be the most rewarding thing you have ever done. You can make a real difference to prisoners’ lives, not just in responding to requests or complaints, but also by raising concerns about anything from crumbling buildings to men being kept in solitary confinement for too long. You will see the criminal justice system from the inside and work as part of a really dedicated IMB team. Anyone over 18 can apply – prisoners come from all backgrounds and so should our members.”
Monitors on all IMBs across England and Wales come from varied walks of life and include students, small business owners, teachers, health professionals and people who are looking to strengthen their skills as part of a life or career change.
Key qualities needed include analysis, decision making, communication and teamworking skills, as well as an open-minded approach.
Candidates undergo a selection and vetting process, which can take several months, ahead of being formally appointed by Ministers in line with the Government’s public appointments process.
Interested? Visit their website at www.imb.org.uk or contact them at imb@justice.gov.uk.