Rewards and benefits of being an IMB member
A unique and rewarding experience
Being an IMB member can be challenging, rewarding, and fascinating. As well as the opportunity to participate in one of the most unusual and valuable types of voluntary work, you will have the opportunity to meet and work with many people from diverse backgrounds and walks of life.
Develop key personal skills
As a board member, there is an opportunity to develop a wide range of personal skills such decision-making, inter-personal skills and team-working which can benefit your career and your employer. All whilst making a positive contribution to the people who are detained, and ensuring that they are treated fairly and with respect.
Gain a working knowledge of the Criminal Justice System/Immigration Service
As an IMB member, you have the unique opportunity of working within an establishment otherwise closed to the general public. Training is provided to ensure that those appointed to a Board gain the knowledge and understanding needed to carry out the role effectively. You will be invited to attend initial and ongoing training courses, and will also receive on-the-job training by experienced members of your local board.
All IMB members are appointed by the Prisons or Immigration Minister and serving as a board member is recognised as a public duty therefore employers are obliged to allow employees “reasonable” time off from their employment to perform their duties as a board member.
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