"All of our curtains are donated by Wellington residents and businesses,” Di says.
The volunteers spend a lot of time assessing the curtains and making sure they are free of mould before they make any alterations that are needed. All the curtains are double lined to help reduce heat loss and keep energy bills down.
“We provide up to six sets per home. It really depends on the size of the house and the number of windows,” Di says.
“Because all the curtains are donated it’s difficult to give people the exact colours they want, but we try to cater to our clients by providing neutral curtains whenever we can, or dark curtains for a child with Autism.”
Di says one Welly flat reported loving their new luxurious long red velvet curtains, which originally hung in the Michael Fowler Centre.
Anyone with a Community Services Card or a SuperGold Combo Cardholder living in the Wellington region can order curtains for their home or rental property through the Curtain Bank, however there is currently a wait time of about eight weeks.
“Sometimes the Bank can’t process the orders fast enough, and last year’s lockdown didn’t slow things down.”
Supported by Wellington City Council, the Sustainability Trust is a social enterprise, meaning all profits are re-invested in programmes that help the community. The Curtain Bank is an example of this.
The initiative is funded by Genesis Energy, and through other grants.