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Bridge to work (previously TTT)

An award-winning work-readiness hospitality & customer service program for people aged 18-30 who are neurodiverse or have mental illness or high anxiety issues.

About the program

Bridge to work is an award-winning, work-readiness hospitality program for neurodiverse young people aged between 18 – 30. This practical course supports students to make a successful transition to sustainable employment or further studies.  Throughout the 20-week course learners build vocational skills in barista training, customer service and back-of-house hospitality as well as employability and interpersonal skills that benefit any public-facing roles.
This program won the Creating Local Solutions Award at the 2019 Victorian Learn Local Awards.
This is a Jobactive-approved activity.

Dates: February 2024
Times: 9.30am-2.30pm
Days: Mondays & Thursdays; in class, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays; placement days
Location: Preston
Fees: To be advised

For all enquiries contact Amelia Barr, Community Development Officer :

Program Features

  • Ongoing support: A support worker is present in the classroom and during work placement in our social enterprise café, Moon Rabbit.
  • One convenient location: Classes and practical work placement are provided on site at Bridge Darebin: Preston, 218 High St, which is easily accessible by train, tram and bus.
  • Hands-on training: Practical work-placement opportunities are available at Moon Rabbit café. Barista training is provided, and students learn skills that are transferable to any industry, such as customer service and teamwork.

How it works

Bridge to work builds work-readiness skills through classroom activities, group work and hands-on learning. In the classroom students work together, and individually, with the trainer and support worker, to recognise their own potential employment barriers and develop strategies to manage them. The Bridge to work team meets with each student at key stages in each transition, reviewing and working with the student and their trainer/employer to assist in practical ways to overcome these barriers. 
Practical workplace training is provided at Bridge Darebin’s social enterprise café, Moon Rabbit. Students will be assisted through a final stage of transition to employment or further education, with job-hunting support provided.

If you’d like to find out more about our current program or about the next intake in February 2024, please contact Amelia Barr via email or phone 0475 669 010.


  • How do I enrol?

    You can enroll online (visit your course webpage for the enrolment link), over the phone, or complete an enrolment form at our Preston or Thornbury office. We require payment and completed enrolment details to secure your place in a course. Please note that new students will undergo an informal assessment to ensure they are enrolling in a course that is consistent with their literacy level. Current students and those who have submitted an expression of interest regarding a course will be notified of enrolment open dates for those courses. Enrolments are open to current students and the public and will be processed on a first-come, first served basis.

  • How do I know if the course will be right for me?

    Enrolling students are required to participate in a brief informal assessment to determine language and literacy levels in line with national standards to ensure they are enrolling in a course that best meets their needs. This may be conducted via phone, internet or in person. Where applicable, students will be supported to complete an alternative course in preparation for study of the original intended course. Eg. English course to improve English skills prior to commencing a Beginner Computer course. This may only apply to newly enrolling students.

  • How does course payment work?

    All fees are paid per course, in full, prior to course commencement. In situations of financial hardship, students can apply to Subsidized course fees are available for students who are eligible for government-funded programs, referred to as ACFE (Adult Community and Further Education) programs. To be eligible for ACFE funding you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an asylum seeker in specified visa categories, referred by a Jobs Victoria Employment Network provider.

    Concession price is available for pension, healthcare and Veteran’s Gold card holders. A senior’s card is accepted for non-ACFE funded programs. If enrolling online, your concession/pension/seniors’ card must be presented at our office prior to commencement. We offer additional discounts and free places for certain courses to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

    Refunds will not be given for missed classes or courses. Course commencement is subject to sufficient enrolments – minimum and maximum class sizes apply to all courses.

  • What happens if we cancel a course?

    In the event of a course cancellation due to low numbers, all fees will be refunded in full by direct payment to your nominated bank account. If an individual class needs to be cancelled at short notice, we will endeavor to schedule a make-up class, subject to trainer availability.

  • Can I withdraw from a course?

    Notice of withdrawal from a course must be given 48 hours prior to course commencement. A 3% administration fee will be incurred for any refunds. Refunds may not be approved after the commencement of the course.

  • What are the course dates?

    Enrolments into some courses can be made after the start date. Course commencement is subject to sufficient enrolments – minimum and maximum class sizes apply to all courses. In the event minimum enrolments have not been met, the course start date may be delayed. Students will be notified of any changes to start and end dates. We are closed on public holidays. Some courses may operate during school holidays; your tutor will advise if this is the case.

  • How do I pay?

    Students can pay for courses online at time of enrolment, or through our offices during opening hours. Credit card and EFTPOS are our preferred payment methods at this time, and we accept payments by bank transfer and cash. We also accept weekly direct debits (external transaction fees apply). Direct deposit details: Bank: Bendigo Bank Account name: Preston Neighbourhood House BSB: 633-000 Account number: 1285 76022 Reference area: Your surname, course name and time

  • Are there course materials and do they need to be paid for?

    We will advise students prior to course commencement if there are course material fees to be paid. This is a separate payment, in addition to the course fee, unless otherwise stated (materials are included in all Arts Hub courses).

Meet a Job Advocate

Looking for work or need employment advice? Our Jobs Advocates can help! Part of a State Government initiative, Jobs Advocates are offering Bridge Darebin community support to look for work. Advocates can assist by linking you to training and education; helping you to apply for jobs; or connecting you to job support or counselling.


  • Develop and tailor an effective resume
  • Develop cover letters for job applications
  • Refine your online job search and application skills
  • Practice job interview skills
  • Learn about personal presentation for job interviews
  • Build confidence to enter the job market.
  • Time & Location: Wednesdays, 9.30am-4.30pm in Preston
  • Sessions: ongoing
  • Cost: Free
  • TO ENROL: To book a face-to-face, online of phone session call 03 9484 5806


Bridge Darebin’s pottery classes allow students to develop their hand-building and ceramics skills by working at their own pace on their own creative projects, with guidance from a tutor. There is access to two pottery wheels and a kiln. These open sessions are self-paced and suitable for all skill levels.
Intro to Hand-building is a structured course ideal for beginners who want to learn the skills, techniques and craft of hand-building. You will learn hand-building fundamentals and experiment with various techniques.

Please note that all pottery courses are ACFE-funded (Adult Funded Community Education) classes.
All students will need to provide Photo ID, Medicare and complete paperwork in order to participate in these specific classes. ACFE-funding allows us to continue running programs for our community at accessible prices so we appreciate the co-operation.

Tuesday Afternoons 1pm – 3.30pm

Tuesday Evenings 6.30pm – 9pm

Wednesday Evenings 6.30pm – 9pm

Thursday Evenings Intro to Handbuilding 6.30pm – 9pm

Friday mornings 10am – 12.30pm

Saturday Mornings 10am – 12.30pm

Pottery FAQs

  • Do you offer payment plans?

    We understand that it’s sometimes easier to stagger the payments if you are facing financial stresses so are happy to arrange a payment plan on a case-by-case basis.

    To arrange a payment plan, please contact our Thornbury office at 9480 0466 or our Preston office at 9484 5806. Please note that there is a small additional charge for this service

  • Can my support worker attend with me?

    Absolutely, a support worker is welcome to join, at no additional cost! Due to the capacity limits of each class, please make sure that you contact the office prior to booking to find out what classes have space for both you and your support worker.

  • Can I book into more than one course?

    Pottery is one of our most in demand courses and to ensure that we are able to offer a spot to all interested community members, we ask that students refrain from booking into more than one class initially.

    If you are interested in doing more than one class, please contact the Thornbury office at 9480 0466. They will get in contact if there are any extra spots available in the second class you’d like to join closer to the start date.

  • Can you reserve a spot for me in the next term?

    Due to pottery being one of our most popular courses, we are unable to hold or reserve spots for existing students unless you are an NDIS client where your schedule is pre-determined. If you missed out on a course, submit an Expression of Interest form for the session you are interested in on our website. You will then receive an early-bird email, notifying you when enrolments open so you can get in first.

  • Why did my course get cancelled?

    In order for us to be able to run a class that is financially viable, classes need to have a minimum of 7 students enrolled. If we don’t have enough students enrolled one to two weeks before term starts, we will cancel the class and arrange for students to join other classes that have spots available. Where a student is unable to swap to another class, a full refund will be offered.

  • How will Bridge Darebin communicate with me if my class is cancelled?

    If your class is cancelled, we will email and SMS you. Please note, that these communications will come through our booking portal Social Planet. If you reply to the email or text, please be aware that this isn’t regularly monitored so you may not get a response, instead contact one of our offices directly with any questions.

  • What is your refund policy?

    If you are withdrawing from a course, notice must be given 48 hours prior to course commencement. A $50 administration fee will be incurred for cancellations less than 48 hours before commencement of a course and a $100 administration fee will be incurred for cancellations made once a course has commenced.

    Refunds will not be given for missed classes or courses. In the event of a course cancellation due to low numbers, all fees will be refunded in full by direct payment to your nominated bank account. If an individual class needs to be cancelled at short notice, we will endeavour to schedule a make-up class. Bridge Darebin does not guarantee that make-up classes will occur as this is subject to trainer availability.

  • What if I miss a class or can’t attend a full term?

    Refunds will not be given for missed classes or courses and we cannot provide makeup classes.

    If you are unable to attend a full term as you are travelling interstate or are unwell, we are unable to offer you a refund as classes are allowed to go ahead based on the number of enrolments (and payments). If you would like to try arrange make-up sessions in advance, please contact the Thornbury office at 9480 0466 to see if there is space availability in another session. All make up classes need to be used within the current term and students cannot roll-over make up classes into the next term.

  • Can I join a class already in progress?

    Late enrolments are allowed up to week 3 of a course, and is subject to class availability. To find out what’s available and to enrol, please contact the Thornbury office at 9480 0466.

  • Why do I have to provide ID & documents for pottery?

    Bridge Darebin operates as a Learn Local which means we are supported through ACFE State Government Funding so we are able to deliver programs for our community.

    This means in order for us to comply with our ACFE funding, students in the ACFE courses (marked with an *) must supply Photo ID (or Centrelink concession card) & Medicare as well as complete the required documentation.

  • Can I bring my own stuff from home to be fired?

    We ask that students please refrain from bringing in their own pieces made outside of class times for firing. This is because our kiln is set up to only fire certain materials that have been approved by the trainers. There is a risk that the kiln may damage your work, or the outside clay used may damage the kiln. We also run a number of pottery courses and have limited space within the kiln so want to ensure everyone is able to fire the pieces they have created in class.

  • What happens if my work is damaged in the kiln firing process?

    Our trainers have been practicing ceramics, firing work and managing the arts hub for many years. They take all measures and precautions to ensure your work fires safely, however we cannot provide guarantees of final results.

Art Therapy

Art Therapy are private sessions where creativity and artmaking are used to explore emotions, feelings, questions and thoughts. Art Therapy supports and regulates emotional wellness and mental health and allows the participant to observe thoughts and feelings from a new perspective.

Sessions at Bridge Darebin are multimodal which means they incorporate a variety of creative artmaking including talking, singing, storytelling, writing, drawing, painting, printing, sculpting, movement, dance or making in a way that is improvised and unexpected.

Bridge Darebin’s Art Therapy rooms aim to be accessible to all. This includes physical and cognitive abilities, culture, gender and socio economic situations. If you are not in receipt of funding and would like to discuss options to access Art Therapy please contact us.

Art Therapy sessions are 1:1 and by appointment only. Please contact Emma for more information.

About the therapist: Emma Fayelecaun is a Masters qualified Art Therapist, and mental health professional; she is also a multidisciplinary artist and a mother of two.
Emma works broadly across both 1:1 private therapy sessions as well as relationships (couples/family) and group therapy settings.
She is experienced working with people who are living with an intellectual or physical disability.