Here’s a role which, on first impression, may not seem to be ideal. First off you won’t get paid. Then you may get called out in the middle of the night. And it’s guaranteed you will end up in jail.
That said it could be the most rewarding thing you have ever done, claim HMP HUNTERCOMBE independent monitors who are looking for some new recruits to swell their ranks.
There are currently 6 monitors at HUNTERCOMBE prison which is based near NETTLEBED/HENLEY-ON-THAMES, OXON. They are all members of the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) which consists of ordinary people who have volunteered to do a pretty out-of-the-ordinary job.
Chair of HUNTERCOMBE, John Evans explained the role. “Every prison and immigration removal centre has an IMB attached to it. IMB members’ role is to ensure that the people held there are treated decently and are properly prepared for release or, in the case of detention, for removal to their country of origin.
“The job, which is unpaid although expenses are covered, is hugely interesting, challenging and absorbing but it is not for everyone. You need to be enthusiastic, open minded, have good communication skills and have the ability to exercise sound, objective judgement.
“We would like to hear from anybody who is 18 or over and lives within about [25 miles] of HUNTERCOMBE]. We are particularly keen to hear from young people and those of working age from black and minority ethnic communities since these groups are under-represented on the existing Board,” said John Evans.
“You do not need any special qualifications or experience as we will provide all the necessary training and support. The task typically takes up something in the region 3 – 4 days per month but we can be flexible about that,” said Mr. Evans.
HMP HUNTERCOMBE is what is known as a Foreign National Prison, accommodating about 480 prisoners representing many, many nationalities.
Recruitment is carried out through the Government’s public appointments process and all recruits will be vetted in line with the security arrangements for the establishment they will be monitoring.
If you are interested then please go to www.imb.org.uk. THE CURRENT CAMPAIGN # 1070 HUNTERCOMBE RUNS UNTIL 15TH NOVEMBER 2020.