Dunedin Curtain Bank Trust - upcycling curtains to warm up NZ homes

Thank you to the hardworking team behind the Dunedin Curtain Bank for keeping Kiwi homes warmer, one curtain at a time.  

Curtains make a significant difference to the warmth of a home. A third of all heat loss in a non-insulated home occurs through windows. Even double-glazed windows let out more heat than non-insulated walls. 

The Dunedin Curtain bank up-cycles unwanted and unused curtains, adding lining where appropriate, and then giving them out to those in need in the community. The charity relies heavily on volunteers to prepare the curtains. As well as relining the curtains, these volunteers also alter the curtains to size so that they're best fit for purpose and can be well suited to their function of keeping households warm through the winter.

Despite another COVID-19 lockdown, the Dunedin Curtain Bank have already exceeded the number of curtains expected to be given out to the community and there's still months to go. The Catalytic Foundation are happy to have supported this great cause, with the grant going towards helping to resource, train and support the growing team of volunteers. 

The recent findings from our Covid-19 Community Needs research has found that community charities need our help now more than ever. Please consider a donation or setting up workplace giving so we can get support to where it's needed most.