Curtains drawn from community
Families will be extra warm this winter thanks to a new community start-up venture.
Otahuhu home insulation business Greenstar Energy Solutions is opening a curtain bank with the help of ASB Community Trust.
Greenstar owner Rob Leaupepe-Hansell says the idea came after attending a conference held by the Community Energy Network in Wellington.
He visited curtain banks there and decided to bring the idea back to South Auckland.
He's hoping to help families in need as well as raise awareness of how important curtains are to the home.
"It's shocking that people don't understand what it means to close off their homes," he says.
"Spending winter without thermal curtains is a problem for many vulnerable families, leaving them exposed to draughts, winter chills and expensive heating bills."
Curtain bank co-ordinator Lindy Houston says there is a real need for such an initiative, especially with the nearest curtain bank being out in West Auckland.
"We know there's a great need in this area," she says.
Furnishings and interior design company Howick Furnishings has already donated a lot of its unsold stock and Ms Houston is hoping other companies will do the same.
"To get up and running at full speed we will need donations of curtains and people who can volunteer a couple of hours a week with measuring, sorting, sewing and getting orders ready for the families to collect," she says.
To use the curtain bank families must hold a Community Services Card or be referred by an agency.
The curtain bank will be open from March 31 at Unit 2, Saleyards Rd, Otahuhu. Contact 0800 789 276 or firstname.lastname@example.org to donate, volunteer or for more information.