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YRIPP – a volunteer’s story

Youth Referral Independent Person Program (YRIPP) is a statewide program supporting young people in police custody.YRIPP

The program provides adult volunteers to support young people who don’t have family members or guardians available to be present with them at police interviews.

One of these volunteers is Ballarat local, Susie Stroud (pictured above)

After working for Centrelink for almost 15 years, Susie wanted to keep using her skills in working with young people.

As well as being a volunteer with YRIPP, Susie also helps out with local football and netball club East Point.

“When I retired I wanted to do something useful with my time and keep using my skills working with young people.

Being at the police station with a young person can be challenging but you do make a difference.

The training and support you receive are so valuable and help you understand why some young people are coming into contact with police.

I try to help young people with education, housing or drug problems and I really feel it’s worthwhile.

By joining YRIPP I’ve stayed connected to my community.

I would really encourage other Ballarat locals to get involved in YRIPP and you can make a difference too.”

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