Prison Visitor-IMB Member

People will all backgrounds and walks of life are invited to apply to become members of the independent Monitoring Board at HMP Chemlsford, which has approximately 740 prisoners.

Board members monitor day to day life in the prison and provide a vital link for prisoners and staff with the outside world.

The role is wide ranging, board members hear complaints and requests from prisoners and may visit all parts of the premises at any time of day, including kitchens, workshops, education and healthcare centre. They are also called when there is a serious incident, to monitor how it is dealt with.

Board members spend 2 or 3 days a month in prison, including a monthly Board meeting.

The work is sometimes demanding, often rewarding and always worthwhile.


Board members must be over 18 and mature in outlook, open minded and committed to diversity, equality and human rights.

A level of commitment is required and also discretion. Board members work as part of a team and are also required to visit the prison on their own, which demands a certain level of confidence.

Much of the work involves talking to prisoners and staff; being a good listener; plenty of common sense and tact, plus good communication skills are essential.


  • Suitable for under 18s
  • DBS check required
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Written role description
  • Accessibility
    Limited. We would do our best to accommodate disabled volunteers. However no wheel chair access.
  • Volunteer induction
  • Ongoing support
  • Health and Safety Policy

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 28/11/2017

End Date: 28/11/2018

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Availability Details

3-4 hours on average, three days a month. This implies a longer term commitment.


HMP Chelmsford
200 Springfield Park Hill

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