About Us

The Bridge – formerly Preston & Thornbury Neighbourhood House

The Vision for The Bridge

“Achieving excellence in leading community to a greater quality of life through education and support services.”

The Mission for The Bridge

PNH will assist community to increase independence, overcome disadvantage & social exclusion, and break the cycle of poverty by skill development, education, social interaction and direct services.

The Bridge Structure

The Bridge is a vital part of our community.

Our activities cover a range of services designed to improve quality of life, educate our children, provide quality training, connect people with their community, promote health and wellbeing, support volunteering, work with other services and support a multi cultural society.

The Bridge is a community based management model with skilled volunteers on our Board of Management. The Board meets monthly and provides the governance and the strategic direction of the organisation, ensures financial viability of the entity and compliance with legislative and contractual obligations.  The governance model is developmental, with the Board working co-operatively and collaboratively with staff, volunteers, house participants and the wider community, thus generating a range of community benefits. Members are encouraged to be actively involved in decision making and to have ownership of the programs and activities in the centre.

The Bridge Board

John Sheen – Chair Person

Clifford Moss – Deputy Chair Person

Shane Murphy – Treasurer

Ana Ibanez – Secretary

Robyn Sheen – Member

Nagia Centurion – Member

Bo Li – Member

The Bridge works within a community development framework. Change and growth occurs through informing and empowering individuals and communities. The Bridge includes two departments, Learning Centre and Children’s Services. The Bridge offers pre accredited training, skills workshops, health and wellbeing classes and leisure options. The Bridge Children’s Services offers accredited 3 Year Old Kinder and Occasional Care.

The Bridge supports or partners with, a wide range of not for profit groups to provide direct services to people in the community. Meetings and educational programs are offered at our centre to assist with health and wellbeing, community access, mental health and personal empowerment.

Objects of the Association

  • To work in a community development framework and uphold the principles of social justice, access, equality, respecting diversity, participation and human rights to all people.
  • To increase independence and quality of life by providing high quality, accessible programs and services promoting social interaction, mutual support and skill development.
  • To encourage participation from all members of the local community. Programs are developed with a focus on meeting the needs of:
  • people on low incomes
  • people who are isolated
  • parents at home with young children
  • people who are unemployed
  • people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds
  • people with a disability
  • people who are facing disadvatnage
  • To directly provide children’s services, information, social support, food distribution, education, workshops and referral to specialist services.
  • To provide volunteer opportunities including student placements to support learning and skill development.

Preston Neighbourhood Centre Hall for Hire

The Bridge formerly Preston Neighbourhood House – PNH Learning Centre and Children’s Services, Thornbury Neighbourhood House, TNH are proudly supported by the following organisations and associations.

Darebin City Council

Darebin Council Website

Learn Local

Learn Local

Learn Local Website

Neighbourhood House Victoria

Neighbourhood House Victoria Website

Department of Education and Training

Department of Education and Training

Department of Education and Training Website

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