Volunteers at the Youth Referral and Independent Person Program (YRIPP) support young people being interviewed by police.
YRIPP volunteers are on call to help young people navigate the police station experience, which can be a lonely and daunting time for a young person.
One of YRIPP’s volunteers, Cass Jones, explains why she enjoys supporting young people in the regional town of Mildura.
“While I was studying Youth Work I saw an ad for YRIPP and it looked like a great opportunity to put my studies into practice. I wanted to make a positive impact on young people’s lives and I felt that I could definitely do that as a volunteer with YRIPP.
Walking into a police station you never know what you might be faced with and each call out certainly has its own challenges. But the experience is always rewarding and I leave feeling like I have made a difference. On the whole, young people are grateful I’ve turned up to support them.”
Cass says that her volunteering has also helped her to get to know her local community.
“I moved to Mildura eight years ago, and it’s a town with an amazing sense of community. Everyone is always happy to help others in need, something you don’t see as much in larger cities.
Volunteering with YRIPP gives you the chance to connect with your local community and contribute to the lives of young people. It’s also a great way to meet new people and foster new friendships.”
Cass also says that the organisation provide great support to their volunteers.
“The training and support received from YRIPP is outstanding and you never feel alone or unappreciated. YRIPP is a really is an amazing organisation to engage with and I’m proud to be a part of that.”