We are currently looking for new volunteers to join the IMB Stocken. 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.
HMP Stocken is a Category C training establishment with over 1000 men serving terms of imprisonment of over 4 1/2 years. All men are expected to work, attend college or courses daily. It is set in a rural location in Rutland so a car is necessary. The prison is on a large spread out site and it takes about 15 minutes to walk from the gate to the far wing. Board meetings take place the second Wednesday of the month at 13.30
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.