About The Bridge - Preston & Thornbury Neighbourhood House

About Us

The Bridge

Our purpose

To strengthen our community

How we say that to people

We empower people to get from A to B. We help people move forward.

How we do it

We are a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable organisation that provides social, educational and support programs to meet community needs.

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.

View our organisational chart (updated November 2017).

View our 2017 annual report.

The Bridge board

John Sheen – Chair

Clifford Moss – Vice-chair

Shane Murphy – Treasurer

Ana Ibanez – Secretary

Nagia Centurion
Bo Li
Tony Barbera
Brooke Dellavedova

The Bridge board members are sought from the local Darebin community or like organisations and have experience reflective of the purpose of the Bridge.


The Bridge works within a community development framework. Change and growth occurs through informing and empowering individuals and communities.

  1. Education – the Bridge offers a range of pre-accredited training, employment programs, skills based programs, health and wellbeing programs
  2. Children’s Services – the Bridge offers 3 year old Kinder and Occasional Care for up to 30 children per session. In addition we run contracted childcare for Melbourne AMEP
  3. Community Programs – the Bridge offers community engagement through social programs, volunteer led groups, a food program, interest groups, volunteer opportunities and community meeting space
  4. Venue Hire – the Bridge has numerous spaces across four different sites. These are available for meeting, private functions, ongoing business hire and workshops
  5. Social Enterprise café – The Moon Rabbit café operates as a profitable arm of the Bridge business to generate funds towards unfunded community and training programs. In addition, the café serves as a training café, providing work placement for Bridge students both with and without a disability.

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 City Council

City of Darebin website

Learn Local

Learn Local

Learn Local website

Neighbourhood House Victoria

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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  • Information

  • The Bridge - Preston

    218 High Street Preston , VIC 3072 Australia
    Tel: (03) 9484 5806

© 2014 - 2018 The Bridge Preston & Thornbury