volunteer at the prison

VOLUNTEERS are wanted to support prisoners in the borough.

The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) – consisting of members of the public on behalf of the Ministry of Justice - monitor the day-to-day life in prison and ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained.

IMB members are independent, unpaid except for expenses and subsistence allowance where appropriate and they meet once a month, with work spreading between three to four days.

Members will be CRB checked, as work carries security implications, assisting prisoners with any issues and problems.

Chris Rice, a board member, said: “You are extremely important; you have a very serious position and role to play within the life of the Prison service, but you also get a huge sense of contributing to something not many people in the outside world – apart from staff and prisoners - ever get to see.”

To find out more, visit Wigan and Leigh CVS office, Church Street, Leigh, on Thursday between 2pm and 6.30 pm.

If you cannot come on that day, ring 01942 670597 and speak to Chris Rice.