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Curtain Bank Volunteers

Keeping homes warm with appropriate curtains is essential to maintaining health and wellbeing. New Zealand Red Cross Curtain Bank provides free curtains to families and individuals in the community who don't have the resources to purchase them. Curtains are donated by members of the public then repaired, adjusted and sorted and it's all done free of charge to families in need.

As a Red Cross Curtain Bank Volunteer you can choose one of the following 3 roles:

Role 1:

  • Sew curtains to length
  • Make repairs
  • Attach header tape and backing etc
  • There is a commercial sewing machine at the store and all materials are supplied

Role 2:

  • Help to maintain the curtain bank store room in Invercargill
  • Sorting, Measuring and Storing incoming Donations on the shelves

Role 3:

  • Make up referrals according to measurements provided
  • Coordinate with the other team members to ensure the referrals are completed in a timely manner
  • Ensure curtains are suitable for the situation requested

Training Provided:

  • You will be volunteering with a small, tight-knit team who provide support across each role

Benefits of Volunteering:

  • You can feel good in knowing that you are supporting people's health and wellbeing by keeping homes and families warmer throughout the year


Role 1:

  • Ability to sew, or interest in learning if working from the Curtain Bank
  • No requirement to have your own gear but you would need availability during shop business hours
  • If unavailable, at a specific time, at coordinator's discretion, it may be possible to take materials home to work on, however, you would need to use your own sewing machine

Role 2:

  • Ability to work independently
  • Basic fitness requirement due to store being located upstairs
  • Some lifting of heavier curtains

Role 3:

  • Availability during business hours to make up referrals on an as-needed basis when they come through
  • Ability to problem solve and provide solutions when measurements don't match up exactly
  • Ability to work independently and use discretion

A Police background check is required for this role.

Time commitment

  • Flexible depending on your availability and interest
  • Role 1 - Sewing curtains - can either be done during business hours at the Curtain Bank store
    (or homework taken home and returned when completed)
  • Role 2 and 3 - Require availability during business hours
    (9am - 5pm, Mon - Fri and Saturday 10-3.30pm)
  • Ability to volunteer as often as you like

Getting started

The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.

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