We are currently looking for new volunteers to join the IMB Foston Hall. Our members help to ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained.
Candidates need to be over 18 years of age and live within approx. 25 miles of the prison. Applicants do not need any special qualifications or experience as we will provide all necessary training and support. You need to be enthusiastic, open minded, possess effective communication skills and have the ability to exercise sound, objective judgement.
Applications are invited from candidates who live within 20 miles of HMP/YOI Foston Hall. Board meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 13:00. Foston Hall is a closed Women's Prison, taking in remand and sentenced prisoners. Work and education opportunities are made available, including a sewing machinery workshop, painting and decorating work, a hairdressers, a cafe, recycling centre, large kitchen gardens and grounds of the old Hall building plus an animal sanctuary. A number of prisoners have complex problems and there are a range of specialist services to provide support. Many prisoners are on short term sentences 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 www.imb.org.uk to find out how being an IMB member can benefit you.