Our impact

Bridge Darebin has been strengthening the Darebin community since 1982, when we began as Preston Neighbourhood House. We’ve come a long way and experienced significant growth since then. 

Our services now include adult education, childcare, community programs, food services, markets and venue hire in Preston and Thornbury. 

Bridge Darebin | Our Impact

Read our 2022 annual report for details.

Awards & honours 

We’re extremely proud to have been recognised for our efforts and impact in community development, education, environmental sustainability and business excellence. 


  • SHORTLISTED: Learn Local Awards – Micro Business for Makers Course
  • FINALIST: Sustainable Cities Awards – Community Category – Heart of Thornbury
  • COMMENDED: Sustainable Cities Awards – Waste Category – Moon Rabbit cafe and Bulk Foods


  • WINNER: Sustainable Cities Award – Waste Category, 2020 Keep Victoria Beautiful Awards (for Moon Rabbit)
  • WINNER: 2020 Fuse Darebin Citizen of the Year Award – joint winner Chris Lombardo CEO
  • COMMENDED: 2020 Fuse Darebin Community Awards – Sustainability Category (for Moon Rabbit)
  • NOMINEE: 2020 Fuse Darebin Lifetime Achievement Award – Chris Lombardo CEO
  • NOMINEE: 2020 Northern Business Achievement Awards, nominated by the City of Darebin (for Moon Rabbit)


  • WINNER: Creating Local Solutions Award, 2019 Victorian Learn Local Awards (for our TTT program
  • WINNER: Sustainability Award, 2019 Darebin Community Awards (for Moon Rabbit
  • WINNER: Partnership Award, 2019 North East Neighbourhood House Network Awards (for Friends of Baucau
  • WINNER: Young Business Achiever of the Year, Northern Business Achievement Awards (for Jack Lombardo) 
  • FINALIST: Awesome Volunteer Program, 2019 North East Neighbourhood House Network Awards 


  • FINALIST: Partnership Award, 2018 North East Neighbourhood House Network Awards (for the Mayer Park Open Air Cinema & Twilight Market) 


  • WINNER: Learner of the Year, 2017 North East Neighbourhood House Network Awards (for Bridge Darebin student Carol White)