Open prison volunteers

VOLUNTEERS are needed to help keep an eye on North Sea Camp in Freiston.

The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) says it is ‘desperate’ for more volunteers to monitor the day-to-day life of the open prison to ensure that proper standards are maintained.

Steve Knox, chairman of the IMB at North Sea Camp said: “We are looking for as many people as possible to apply for the roles.

“Volunteers are expected to give at least two days a month, and are able to claim back travel expenses.”

IMB members are required to check the prison premises are kept in order, that the administration is carried out correctly, and that the prisoners are treated humanely and with dignity.

They are also required to attend local and national training to equip them to carry out the role.

IMB says ideal volunteers would be open-minded, caring, a good listener, committed to diversity, equality and human rights, have integrity, confidence, good teamwork skills, and willing to take responsibility.

If you are interested in volunteering at the open prison, contact IMB chairman Steve Knox on 07968 486665.