The Briars

The Briars Catholic Youth Retreat Centre, Crich Common, Crich, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 5BW

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  • 01773852044


  • Residential Retreats
  • Day Retreats
  • Outreach (Missions)
  • Primary School ages
  • Secondary School ages
  • University age
  • Work in Parishes
  • Accept International Volunteers
  • Sixth Form ages
  • Overseas Trip (Step Into the Gap placement, etc)
  • Support for the CYMFed Youth Ministry Course or other studies

Listing Description

First thing we would recommend is coming to visit to see the place for yourself. We celebrate Mass every Saturday evening at 7:30pm when we are working with a retreat group and all are welcome to participate in Mass with the resident group. We also offer open retreats at Advent and Easter for young people who are in Year 11 and above, providing a brilliant opportunity to experience a retreat at The Briars.

Contact Angela Gillespie (Director of Youth Services) by email at ‘’ or by post at The Briars address requesting an application form.

You will then be sent an application form and following that, allocated an interview week/weekend where you will get to come and live and work as part of The Team. It’s just as much about you interviewing
us as it is about us interviewing you! During that time, you’ll get to experience what it’s really like and you’ll also meet a member of our management committee for a formal interview.

We choose our next team around Palm Sunday every year and you will be notified soon after.

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