Community programs

Community development underpins everything we do at Bridge Darebin.

In order to give back, our organisation understands that we need to know our people, not just as a demographic, but as humans. We take into account accessibility, cultural and social diversity and educational differences and mould our offerings into a holistic approach that provides equal opportunities for whatever space a person wishes to step into.

Food Relief

Bridge Darebin has been hosting Laneway Lunches since 2014. Supported by Quest Preston, this program assists around 60 Darebin residents each Friday to be able to enjoy a nutritious lunch, connect socially and take home a meal too. All are welcome to join us on Fridays between 12pm-1.30pm.

We also act as a collection point for weekly distibution of frozen meals to local partner organisations. Every year in December we collect and package up food donations for festive hampers.

We recognize the importance of food security and strive to ensure everyone in need within our community has access to nutritional meals and essentials throughout the year.

Want to contribute to these important initiatives? Great! You can support them for as little as $5 by making a tax deductible donation via the button below and help us reach our annual target of funding to provide over 3000 meals.

Bridge Queer Gathering

Bridge Queer Gathering

Bridge Queer Gathering is a community-led collective for queer and questioning people of all ages. Hosting regular events in and around Darebin, BQG is a safe space for the LGBTQIA+ community to come together, learn new skills, explore the city and get involved in the community. We aim to run a mix of activities and events that cater to diverse interests and needs. You can expect anything from skills-based workshops, to coffee catch ups, to local excursions, to crafternoons.

Meet Your Neighbour

Meet your neighbours and local community on the Moon Rabbit Deck. This initiative aims to bring people together and build connections.


Women’s Career Chats & Coffee
10 – 11.30am, Wed 11 Oct (fortnightly)


Family Playgroup
10 – 11am, Wed 25 Oct (weekly)


Seniors Morning Tea – 10 -11.30am. Thurs 5 Oct, 9 Nov & & Dec 2023.
Visit us or call 03 9484 5806 for more information.

HOT Makers Markets

HOT hosts the much-loved Makers Market four times a year at the Bridge Darebin Community Hall in Thornbury.

These quarterly markets celebrate the work of crafters, creatives and artists and provide visitors with the opportunity to meet the handmakers in person and get a true understanding of their special talents.

With environmentally innovative cafe Moon Rabbit joining in the fun, it’s the perfect place to meet up with friends, grab a cuppa, eat some cake and shop direct with the stallholders!

Heart ot Thornbury - Makers market