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Volunteer Development Scotland Ltd. (also known as Volunteer Scotland).
Charity registered in Scotland SC013740 and a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland, No. SC106743. Our registered Office is Jubilee House, Forthside Way, Stirling. FK8 1QZ

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Independent Monitors

Independent Monitoring Boards are made up of over a thousand unpaid volunteers operating in every prison in England and Wales, and every immigration detention facility across the UK.

IMB members are the eyes and ears of the public, appointed by ministers to perform a vital task: independent monitoring of prisons and immigration detention. They report on whether the individuals held there are being treated fairly and humanely and whether prisoners are being given the support they need to turn their lives around. This can make a huge difference to the lives of those held within these facilities.

We are looking for volunteers to join the Scotland and Northern Ireland Short-Term Holding Facility board to monitor Aberdeen Airport.

For more information please contact Rebecca Sheehan, Regional Support Lead at email: and details are also available at

Travel expenses

Although this is an unpaid role, we pay travel and subsistence expenses, childcare/carer costs and, in certain circumstances, contributions towards loss of earnings.

Training details

Excellent support and relevant training is provided to all volunteers. During the first nine to twelve months of volunteering you will shadow experienced members of your local Board. You will also be allocated a mentor who will support you throughout your professional development.


Minimum age: 18

Frequency & commitment
The volunteering times are flexible.

Volunteers (aged 18-25) taking part in this opportunity are eligible to claim Saltire Awards hours for their activity.
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