Volunteer at work

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join IMBs within prisons and immigration detention centres to help ensure that proper standards or care and decency are maintained.

Essential criteria

You do not need any special qualifications or experience because we will provide all necessary training and support during a 12 month training and mentoring period. You do need to be enthusiastic and open minded, a natural communicator and possess sound, objective judgement. As long as you are 18 years or over, your background can be as a student, a person of working age or retired.

Time Requirements

The average is around 3 visits per month. However, this will vary between IMBs, and each individual vacancy notice above will specify the average time commitment per month for the individual IMB recruiting.  Some flexibility around when you carry out IMB duties may be available but this will depend on the needs of the IMB and the individual.  However, it is possible that at least some of the input may need to be carried out during normal working hours. Further information will be provided at interview.


Unpaid, reasonable expenses re-imbursed.

Additional Information

Inside every prison, immigration removal centres and some short-term holding facilities at airports there is an IMB – a group of ordinary members of the public doing an extraordinary job. IMB members are independent, unpaid and work an average of 3 visits per month depending on the needs of the Board and the individual.

Members are the eyes and ears of Ministers and monitor the day-to-day life in their local prison to ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained.

We welcome applications from people over 18 and are particularly keen to hear from young people, those of working age and individuals from black and minority ethnic communities since these groups are under-represented on our existing Boards.

If a former IMB Member wishes to re-join the IMB they can do so but there must be a 3 year gap before applications can be made to rejoin any previous IMB they were a member of.