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Volunteers needed to help shape how HMP Leeds is run

By Louis Chapman-Coombe

Volunteers are being asked to help in the running of HMP Leeds, in Armley – and become the eyes and ears of the public.

The Independent Monitoring Boards (IMB), who make sure that all people in custody across the country are treated fairly, justly and humanely, and are on the lookout for volunteers who live within a 30-mile radius of HMP Leeds to join the board responsible for the prison in Armley. 

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A spokesperson said: “Being on the board is an incredibly unique role, which gives individuals the opportunity to have a real positive impact on prison and immigration detention.”

IMB also added that they are looking for people who share their values and commitment and are keen to give back to their community.

The spokesperson added: “You will need to: be a good listener, always act with integrity, be committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, be able to analyse observed events and behaviour, make decisions and apply common sense.

“You will also need to work within a team, be a good communicator and have basic computer skills. Above all we are looking for people with a non-judgemental and open-minded approach.”

Volunteers will need security clearance, but once received will be given unrestricted access to the prison, as well as provided with training. The role will also require two to three visits a month, including a monthly board meeting. The position is unpaid, but expenses such as travel are covered. 

If anyone wishes to volunteer or is interested to find out more, apply here

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