'Eyes and Ears' Wanted for Aylesbury Prison

At the Volunteer Centre, we currently have over 100 different volunteering opportunities to choose from, with new roles added to our list every week

The choice is so varied that we are sure you will find one that matches your interests and fits in with your available time.  For example this week the Centre has been asked to find volunteers for a very different and exciting opportunity. Volunteers from the Dacorum area are needed to oversee how Aylesbury prison is run.

HMP Aylesbury is a Category B male prison for 440 young adults.  In its current role, it is referred to as a Youth Offenders’ Institute (a YOI).

Every prison is regularly monitored by an Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) – a group of ordinary members of the public from the local community who do an extraordinary job. 

IMB members are volunteers – independent of the prison, and unpaid. The role is rewarding and fulfilling, and you will be making an important and unique contribution to the justice system.  As a member, you will work with people from all walks of life.  This is a ministerial appointment, and will give you the chance to do something unique and stand out from the crowd.

The IMB are looking for people from a range of backgrounds, and no specialist knowledge or experience is needed – full training and support is provided. You need to be enthusiastic, open minded, resilient, have good communication skills and the ability to exercise sound, objective judgement.  Ideally, members will live within 20 miles of the prison and are able to dedicate 3 to 4 days each month.

Tasks include monitoring standards of care and fair treatment of those in custody, and talking to prisoners and staff– being the ‘eyes and ears on the inside’ on behalf of the public at large. You will get involved in seemingly small things like locating prisoner’s missing property, or worries about visits, to bigger matters like being a major influencer on changes within the prison.

For more details of this and other opportunities available in the local area, visit www.volunteerdacorum.org.  

Even better, make an appointment to see one of our volunteer advisers - give us a ring to make an appointment.

Tel: 01442 247209