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Bronzefield Prison Independent Monitoring Board
Independent Monitoring Boards (IMBs) monitor the treatment of people in custody to confirm it is decent, just and humane. IMBs are made up of independent public appointees and operate in every prison and Immigration Removal Centre. For more information about IMBs see www.imb.org.uk. A recruitment campaign is currently underway to attract ordinary people from different backgrounds to join the Bronzefield IMB and play a key independent role at the prison in Ashford, Surrey, close to Heathrow Airport. To join you don’t need any special knowledge or skills as full training is provided. You just need to be open-minded, independent and able to commit 3-4 days per month. The role is unpaid (travel expenses are reimbursed), but it carries great responsibility and brings the rewards of knowing you are making a real difference to some of the most vulnerable people in our community. The IMB is looking for local people who are open minded and objective, with the ability to work well in a team and communicate with people from a range of different backgrounds. You must be trustworthy, able to listen and have a commitment to equality, diversity and human rights. IMB Bronzefield Chair, Alison Keightley, said: “Joining an IMB is a unique experience and a great opportunity to make a positive difference. As the eyes and ears of the public, it’s our job to know what’s going on in the prison and we get involved in all areas. It’s demanding and rewarding, where no two days are the same. For example, you might find yourself helping a new arrival find their feet, monitoring educational opportunities, carrying out a survey on homelessness on release or listening to comments about the quality of the food. Last year we dealt with more than written 600 applications from prisoners, all of which were important to the individual prisoner. But we’re not a soft-touch – we make up our own minds about whether something is fair and decent and speak out when something isn’t right. We are a friendly and hard-working group - although the role may look daunting at first you will get all the support you need to play your part”. To apply, visit our website at: www.imb.org.uk/join-now/current-vacancies/ The closing date is 15 September 2019.
Alison Keightley
alisonmky@gmail.com
07711 789 204
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