Catalyst have partnered with Resco Living to provide curtains for residents moving into the first phase of Southall Village, our regeneration of the Havelock estate in Ealing.
Curtains seem like a small finishing touch, but we felt it was really important to provide them to tenants as part of their offer. They help people feel safe in their homes, and keep the neighbourhood looking tidy. Many of the windows on the estate are large, which makes rooms feel light and airy, but can be a challenge to buy affordable curtains for. We wanted our residents to be able to enjoy the benefits without worrying about extra costs.
Resco Living is a social enterprise that collects good quality unwanted furniture from homes in West London, and makes it available to the public at affordable prices. They often partner with councils and housing associations. They also run the Resco Programme, giving people work experience in roles from warehousing to customer service, as well as training and one-to-one mentoring.
Catalyst’s Regeneration and Rehousing team offered the curtains as part of customers’ move plans, giving them six colours to choose from. Bouygues, our contractors, are installing the curtain rods and hanging the curtains. In total, the initiative has provided over 40 sets of curtains.