Why not spend some free time inside prison?

Kirkham Prison
Kirkham Prison

Would you volunteer to spend some of your free time in jail?

The team which checks standards are being maintained at Kirkham Prison is on the look-out for new members.

The job is not everybody’s cup of tea. But if anybody is looking for a new challenge then this could be for them

And the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) is hoping to recruit volunteers with a difference.

“It’s different maybe, but totally absorbing, said Maria Desmond, chairman of Kirkham IMB.

“The job is not everybody’s cup of tea. But if anybody is looking for a new challenge then this could be for them.”

Kirkham is an open prison, Category D with a capacity of 657 men. Its role is to try to furnish them with the necessary skills to ensure they find employment when released and do not reoffend.

The job of the IMB is to ensure Home Office rules and Ministry of Justice regulations are properly applied and that the highest standards of care and decency are maintained.

The job, which is unpaid but expenses are covered, is hugely interesting, challenging and absorbing.

Applicants need to be enthusiastic, open minded, have good communication skills and have the ability to exercise sound, objective judgement. For more information head to www.imb.org.uk or contact Kirkham IMB chairman, Maria Desmond or vice-chair, Jean Adam by email at imbrecruitment@justice.gsi.gov.uk