Volunteer Opportunity: Independent Monitoring Board – HMP Downview

A fabulous volunteering opportunity which guarantees you will end up in jail!

The Independent Monitoring Board are currently recruiting new members to monitor conditions at HMP Downview, a prison for women in Sutton, Surrey. As an IMB member, you are given the opportunity to raise matters that make a difference through monitoring and reporting concerns. IMB members come from all walks of life and ages and don’t need any special qualifications or experience.

IMB members monitor the treatment received by those detained in custody and to confirm it is fair, just and humane. It’s a position of trust and responsibility and a prestigious ministerial appointment.

IMB members have unrestricted access to their local prison and can talk to any prisoner. A typical visit might include time spent in kitchens, workshops, accommodation blocks, recreation areas, wings and healthcare centres.

The volunteer role is hugely interesting, challenging and absorbing. You need to be enthusiastic, open minded, have good communication skills and have the ability to exercise sound, objective judgement. You will need to live within 20 miles of HMP Downview and be able to offer time every month to monitor, attend various departmental meetings and attend monthly Board Meetings.

For further information, please contact

Closing date for applications is 24th October 2021

Thursday, 30th September, 2021