A group of volunteers are bringing their curtain bank back to provide warmth to dozens of Whanganui homes in need this winter.

The Whanganui Curtain Bank is an initiative by Community Resilience Whanganui (CReW) and The Eco School, that first gave curtains out to those in need in 2016.

Nelson Lebo, who is involved with both groups, said he has empathy for those living in cold homes, especially children.

"For a lot of homes curtains are an important part of insulation and having properly fitted curtains will help keep homes warm during winter" Lebo said.


This year's curtain bank will have heavy involvement from interns at The Eco School.

Along with providing curtains for those in need, volunteers will also be offering advice on how to create a healthy home.

Nedra Fu and Tim Herold helping out at eco school.
Nedra Fu and Tim Herold helping out at eco school.

"There's lots of miscommunication about how home insulation works, and most of the advice we're giving out is about moisture and condensation," Lebo said.

"There's no point in putting up curtains if they're just going to get mouldy and thrown out in a couple of years."

More than 100 households have been helped out every year the curtain bank opens, with more than 350 curtains being given out over eight days in 2017.

Lebo said the response has been huge and very well received in the community.

"As far as I know, helping that many households outperforms all other curtain banks in the country, I'm sure we serve more families than anywhere else."

Two dates - April 30 and May 7, between 2.30pm to 5pm - have been confirmed for All Saints Hall. Additional dates are possible depending on the number of curtains donated and volunteers willing to help out.

Lebo said the supply of curtains is limited and the bank operates on a first-in, first-served system.

Those in need of curtains are asked to measure their window frames before visiting the curtain bank.