Curtain bank moves to bigger premises

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Cosy curtains . . . Timaru Curtain Bank founder Jo Goodhew (left) and volunteer Dianna Kisi hope their new storage space will set them in good stead for winter as more curtains may be needed. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

by Greta Yeoman

The Timaru Curtain Bank has a new location.

More than 100 boxes full of curtains are now stored at Presbyterian Support South Canterbury’s FamilyWorks offices.

Founder and former Rangitata MP Jo Goodhew said the new space was bigger and drier than their previous facility.

The boxed curtains were all labelled by drops (height), colour and other differences, she said.

“It also makes it easier to find exactly what we’re looking for.”

Shifting into the new space was also perfect timing for the voluntary organisation, as demand was expected to increase as the weather got colder.

However, Ms Goodhew said she had already had several requests for curtains this year, including a couple in February.

She said the organisation had just under 110 boxes of curtains – of all different widths, patterns, colours and drops – that were just waiting for new homes.

Ms Goodhew started the curtain bank in July 2017 in response to concerns many in the community had inadequate curtains to keep their houses warm in winter, or no curtains at all.

Recipients could include those who did not have curtains in their home, or whose curtains needed to be replaced.

Timaru’s social sector agencies would allocate the curtains as and when the need arose – to tenants, not landlords.

While the curtain bank had more than 100 boxes of curtains in storage, volunteers were always open to more donations, she said.

Curtains can be dropped at Fashion Focus at Highfield, The Croft rest-home, FamilyWorks in North St (all in Timaru) or at Complete Curtains in Temuka.