Free curtains for Darfield

by Kent Caddick

The CEA Charitable Trust has been running a curtain bank for more than 20 years, with curtains being provided free to qualifying households.

CEA chief executive Caroline Shone from Kirwee said studies have shown a clear correlation between cold, damp housing and poor health.

She said having efficient curtains is one way householders can improve on their home’s insulation.

“The curtain bank provides quality recycled curtains at no charge to households who cannot afford them.

They can supply curtains for lounges and bedrooms, and both homeowners and tenants qualify for curtains.

“Double-layered curtains are the most cost-effective way to reduce heat loss, especially in the living room and bedrooms.”

The CEA mobile curtain bank will be visiting Darfield on Tuesday, April 11 and will be parked outside Darfield Library between 10am and 1pm.

“If your curtains are inadequate, the mobile curtain bank staff will have a small selection of recycled curtains available on the day,” Ms Shone said.

“They will also be happy to take the measurements of and give advice on the curtains required and will then select curtains from the range available in the main Curtain in Christchurch.

“People need to come along with their window size as it will enable us to select the right curtains for them.”

In addition to free curtains, CEA can also provide insulation subsidies for rental properties occupied by low-income tenants, subject to eligibility criteria.

“This funding is limited so Landlords are encouraged to contact us immediately to find out more,” Ms Shone said.

For more information on curtains, insulation or energy advice, people can call 0800 GET WARM, email or visit