The CHRISP project is a ministry outreach to the young people on the margins of society. It is a joint partnership project of the Christian Brothers and the Spiritans, both of whom share a ‘fundamental option for the poor.’ The name CHRISP is an amalgam of the names of the two Religious Congregations.

It was launched in September 2010 as an offshoot of Just Youth, thus it is based in the Spiritan Youth Centre, Lower Kersal, Salford.

CHRISP sets up and animates youth groups and a youth club on Wednesday and Friday evenings, to offer young people ‘a safe place to go,’ or ‘something to do’ in their own leisure time. It offers activities such as Pool, TV, Computers, Table Tennis, Nintendo Wii or just a place for young people to chill out and meet their friends.

During the school holidays it puts on extra sessions and arranges trips for young people to places and events like: Heaton Park Fair, Southport, 10 Pin Bowling, Go Karting and trips to Blackpool.

By building up relationships with the young people CHRISP hopes to work with them on topics such as Keeping Safe; Drugs and Alcohol Awareness; Behaviour and Consequences; Hate Crime, as well as themes around World Peace Day, Mental Health Week, Black History Month, Children in Need and collecting food for homeless young people.

CHRISP works alongside another related Spiritan charity, REVIVE, which supports Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Through this platform, CHRISP reaches out to the young Refugees and Asylum Seekers.

On Thursday afternoons, it offers a safe place for young refugees and asylum seekers to meet socialise and take some time out or the opportunity to share their experiences and reasons for leaving their homeland and their families.

It also offers them support in literacy, thanks to a group of young people from St. Ambrose College who come along to teach them English.

Project: CHRISP
Address: Des Places Hall
Spiritan Youth Centre
Northallerton Road
Lower Kersal
M7 3TP
Tel: 0161 792 0183