About us

Bridge Darebin (Preston Neighbourhood House Inc.) is an innovative, not-for-profit community organisation based in Preston and Thornbury. Established in 1982, we’re a registered charity and public benevolent institution (PBI), a certified social enterprise and a Learn Local organisation.

Neighbourhood House Charity  - Bridge Darebin

Our purpose: to strengthen our community.

What does a stronger community look like?

  • Socially connected
  • Purposefully engaged
  • Healthy
  • Inclusive
  • Diverse
  • Equitable
  • Supportive
  • Collaborative

Our mission: to provide social and educational services to empower those who need it most.

Our work actively addresses some key challenges in the Darebin community, including training and employment pathways, positive ageing and social inclusion. 

Our values:

  • Community first 
  • Authenticity 
  • Inclusion 
  • Innovation 
  • Positivity 


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

  • Adult education
    We provide 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Makers Market Thornbury
    Our market showcases the best locally handmade and homemade goods.


Bridge Darebin is proudly supported by the following: 

  • Barr Family Foundation
  • Bennelong Foundation
  • Bunnings Northland
  • City of Darebin 
  • Foodbank
  • GoGet
  • Inner North Community Foundation 
  • McGrath Estate Agents
  • Melbourne Airport
  • Northcote Bakeshop
  • Northway Honda
  • Office of Ged Kearney MP
  • Preston Connected Community
  • The Funding Network
  • Victorian Government – Department of Education & Training
  • Victorian Government – Department of Health and Human Services