Cur­tain bank warms up Porirua homes

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Welling­ton Cur­tain Bank is mak­ing it eas­ier for the Porirua com­mu­nity to get free, lined cur­tains ahead of win­ter.

The Cur­tain Bank, sup­ported by Sus­tain­abil­ity Trust, pro­vides free cur­tains for peo­ple with Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Cards who need a hand warm­ing up their homes.

Porirua fam­i­lies can pick up a cur­tain order form at the Wha¯nau Cen­tre in Can­nons Creek be­tween April 30 and May 11, drop it back with their win­dow mea­sure­ments, and then come back in a few weeks to pick up their cur­tains.

Wai­tan­girua par­ents Amanda Clark­son and Alex Forde got cur­tains for their rental home late last year, af­ter re­port­ing that their house was cold.

‘‘There was no un­der­floor in­su­la­tion, the in­su­la­tion in the roof was min­i­mal, and the cur­tains were very, very thin. So I said to our wha¯nau worker, what can we do? So she re­ferred us to [Welling­ton Cur­tain Bank].’’

The fam­ily got lined cur­tains for the liv­ing room and their daugh­ter Sophia’s bed­room and, through an­other Trust-run ini­tia­tive, the house was in­stalled with un­der­floor in­su­la­tion and the fam­ily given a heater.

‘‘It’s made a huge, huge dif­fer­ence. Even in sum­mer be­cause it’s keep­ing the house cooler.’’

Welling­ton Cur­tain Bank has been bring­ing Porirua com­mu­ni­ties cur­tains since 2011, and in that time has warmed up the homes of 470 lo­cal fam­i­lies.

Across the re­gion each year it gets lined cur­tains to more than 550 low­in­come homes. The cur­tains are made from do­nated cur­tains, so the ser­vice also re­duces tex­tile waste go­ing to land­fills.

Porirua fam­i­lies can pick up a cur­tain order form at the Wha¯nau Cen­tre in Can­nons Creek.

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