Haverigg Prison is looking for people from all walks of life who live within 30 miles to join the board.

Do you believe 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 Haverigg is looking for people Members monitor activity across the establishment, talk to prisoners and make sure they are treated fairly - and are given the support they need to stop reoffending and rebuild their lives. Every year the board writes a report that goes directly to the Prisons Minister.

Successful applicants have full access to the prison in order to undertake the role, and although it’s unpaid, travel, childcare and loss of earnings expenses are available; comprehensive training and support is provided. Lynne Chambers, a current IMB member at HMP Haverigg, said: “It could be the most rewarding thing you have ever done. You can make a real difference to prison life in responding to an individual prisoner’s request or complaint."

Philip Bishop, who is also part of the IMB at Haverigg added: “You 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 in 117-plus IMBs across England and Wales come from all walks of life including students, firefighters, 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, and a commitment to independence and inclusion, as well as an open-minded approach.

Candidates undergo a selection and vetting process, which can take a number of months, ahead of being formally appointed by Ministers in line with the Government’s public appointments process.

Interested? Book onto the virtual event on May 12 to hear from current IMB members about the role or apply direct via https://www.imb.org.uk/13738-2/