You can support the fair and humane treatment of prisoners and the state of our prisons

Whatever your background, if you’re enthusiastic and open-minded, have good people skills and sound judgement, you could be exactly what IMB at HMP Hull is looking for to expand the team.

Inside every prison, there is an Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) made up of members of the public from all walks of life doing an extraordinary job – and HMP Hull IMB is currently recruiting.

The Chair of HMP Hull IMB, David Gillyon-Powell, said: “This is a hugely interesting and rewarding volunteer opportunity to help make sure that prisoners are being treated humanely and given the chance to change their lives, for their benefit and ours.

“Our role is to ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained, by monitoring the day-to-day life in a prison. You could be talking to prisoners, checking they are being given access to healthcare and training, or observing how well those at risk of self-harm are treated. You will also play an important role in dealing with problems faced by prisoners, which could range from lost property to serious bullying allegations.”

“This is an unpaid voluntary role, but expenses are covered. You do not need any special qualifications or experience, as we provide mentoring, alongside training and support. You will usually need to give a couple of days or half days per month but we can be flexible.

“We would like to hear from anybody who is 18+ and lives within about 25 miles of Hull Prison. We are particularly keen to hear from young people, those from minority ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities, since these groups are under-represented on the existing Board.”

Successful candidates will undergo vetting that can take a number of months, before being formally appointed by a minister in line with the Government’s public appointments process.

If you are interested, please visit to apply.

Campaign reference: 1261/Hull/2022

HMP Hull is a Category B adult male local prison accommodating about 1,000 prisoners, including some held on remand.