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Community Energy Action’s Curtain Bank going mobile

Community Energy Action’s Curtain Bank going mobile

The Curtain Bank is one of Community Energy Action’s projects. It provides free, recycled lined curtains to households who cannot afford them. The curtains help keep valuable heat in and draughts out, assisting families to keep the homes warmer and ultimately healthier.

Curtains are donated to the Curtain Bank by the public, curtain retailers and commercial and residential premises that are undergoing refurbishments or are being demolished due to the earthquake.

The Curtain Bank is a long-standing community project, which has provided free curtains to thousands of low income households, since its conception, with 2013 being a record year.

This year to expand the service Community Energy Action is going mobile. This means those most vulnerable in our community can have access to the service, which they may have been unable to in the past.

With the Mobile Curtain Bank the Charitable Trust can reach those clients that are unable to get to the Curtain Bank, measure their windows and hang curtains. Examples are the elderly, solo mums with young children and disabled people in Christchurch. The mobile service will also travel to Canterbury areas outside of Christchurch.

Community Energy Action also provides free insulation, subsidised heating, free and independent energy advice. It also has subsidies available to help those vulnerable people with earthquake damaged properties, who are going through another winter, as well as those who are repairing their properties.

“Community Energy Action’s sole purpose is to help the Canterbury community, but I’m not so sure those we want to help and the most vulnerable know about us. I really want to get the message out,” says Caroline Shone, Chief Executive.


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