About The Bridge - Preston & Thornbury Neighbourhood House

About us

The Bridge is an innovative, not-for-profit community organisation based in Preston and Thornbury. 

We are economically and environmentally sustainable and provide social, educational and support programs to meet community needs. 

The Bridge (Preston Neighbourhood House Inc) is a registered charity and Public Benevolent Institution. 


To empower and strengthen the Darebin community, one person at a time, by providing relevant social, educational and support services. 


We offer a wide range of services across multiple sites, including: 

  • Adult education
    We offer a range of courses and educational programs, from art to yoga and everything in between (click here to view our latest course guide).
  • Child care
    We’ve been providing outstanding 3-year-old kinder and occasional child care in Preston and Thornbury for over 20 years, led by passionate, supportive, experienced educators. 
  • Community programs
    We facilitate community engagement through programs such as Laneway Lunches, a two-course meal served to 40-60 people each Friday. 
  • Venue hire
    We have numerous spaces available for hire across four different sites, for meetings, private functions, ongoing business hire and workshops. 
  • Makers Market Thornbury
    Our market showcases the best locally handmade and homemade goods in May, October and December each year. 
  • Moon Rabbit
    Our award-winning social-enterprise café is also a training facility for students in our TTT program, who gain customer service, food prep and coffee-making skills. The Age – Good Food called our coffee “pitch-perfect”, our jaffles “excellent” and our sweet treats “the stuff of the CWA’s fever dreams”. 

Our work actively addresses some key challenges in the Darebin community, including training and employment pathways, positive ageing and social inclusion — including meaningful inclusion of Indigenous people and people with disability. 


The Bridge is proudly supported by the following: 

  • Barr Family Foundation
  • Bennelong Foundation
  • Bunnings Northland
  • City of Darebin 
  • Department of Education and Training
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Inner North Community Foundation 
  • Learn Local 
  • McGrath Estate Agents 
  • Neighbourhood House Victoria
  • Northcote Bakeshop
  • Northway Honda
  • Office of Ged Kearney MP
  • Preston Connected Community
  • The Funding Network

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