16 September 2021 | Uncategorised

Spotlight on: Veema Sawmynaden – creating meaningful impact through her digital magazine, Dark Hues

Veema had always been looking for ways that she could create a meaningful impact to society, but wanted to do so in a creative way to represent what she wanted to see in the world. So after attending a workshop around colourism, she developed the idea for a digital magazine to inspire conversations and raise awareness around the subject. Now, Dark Hues is a fast-growing platform for dark skin people of colour to share their experiences.

14 September 2021 | 10th anniversary, Guardian stories

Spotlight on: Maria Stoica – finding her feet in London at Oasis City Farm

When she moved to London from rural Romania, the stark contrast between city and countryside was for Maria, unsettling. But after becoming a Dot Dot Dot guardian in 2016, she began searching for a volunteering opportunity that could help her maintain a connection with the countryside. It also meant Maria was helping to make London a greener and more sustainable city for all.

8 September 2021 | 10th anniversary, Guardian stories

Spotlight on: Serkan – saving for a mortgage with property guardianship

When Serkan joined our thriving community of guardians in central London, he had initially only been thinking of his short commute to work. But with the financial stability that came with monthly living costs being significantly lower than local market rates, Serkan was able to begin saving money immediately. After his partner Klaara also became a property guardian in late 2019, their savings pot steadily increased, and in March 2020 they were searching for their dream home to buy outside of London.

Spotlight on: Tim Callaway – building strong connections with his community

When Tim moved to High Wycombe to become a property guardian in 2015, he was only intending it to be a short stop gap. But as more guardians moved to the area, it became clear that he was developing a strong connection with his community. Neighbourliness has always been a part of Dot Dot Dot’s ethos, and Tim tells us how he and his fellow guardians have helped improve the local area for residents by taking care of the outdoor spaces.

24 August 2021 | 10th anniversary

Spotlight on: Mark Muldoon – our guardian and Relationship Coordinator

Property guardian of nine years and Dot Dot Dot guardian for one and a half of those, our Relationship Coordinator, Mark, delves into the detail of why guardianship works for him. From being able to live in an octagon-shaped turret bedroom in Notting Hill, to meeting like-minded people, he loves the exciting opportunities opened up by property guardianship. Mark walks us through why he’s not quite ready to hang up his property guardian hat just yet…

Spotlight on: Melody Abeni – swapping London for Letchworth Garden City to develop her freelance writing career

Melody wasn’t intending to embark on a London hiatus, but when she stumbled upon our properties in Letchworth Garden City, she felt drawn to the leafy, pastoral town away from the capital. It was the perfect spot for developing her freelance writing and art career without committing to long-term change. Melody reveals just why the flexibility of guardianship is exactly what she needs during this period of her life.

24 August 2021 | 10th anniversary

Spotlight on: Josh Babarinde – from Dot Dot Dot guardian to our non-executive board director

In 2015, Josh signed up as a Dot Dot Dot guardian. Throughout his two year guardianship, he was able to focus on establishing and growing his award-winning social enterprise, Cracked It. In 2020, Josh’s passion for fighting for a fairer future for all led to his election as an Eastbourne councillor. In the same year, he re-joined us at Dot Dot Dot in a slightly different capacity. Discover more from Josh as he plots his journey from guardianship to joining our board of non-executive directors.

30 July 2021 | Guardian stories

Spotlight on: Helen, our beekeeping guardian in Letchworth Garden City

We sat down with our guardian, Helen, who lives in Letchworth Garden City. Discover more as she talks about her volunteering to protect the world of bees and how Dot Dot Dot guardianship has given her the financial security to enrol in courses and invest in her personal development.

14 July 2021 | Making a space a home

Five simple steps to re-styling your home

One of the benefits of being a Dot Dot Dot guardian is that in a lot of our properties you have the creative freedom to paint and refresh your space so you can really feel at home. As we recently created a show flat in Queen’s Park, we’ve got plenty of top decorating tips to share – with one key thing in mind – how to decorate affordably. 

Spotlight on: Sara and Steeve, celebrating Pride Month 2021

For Pride Month 2021, we spoke to our south east London guardian, Sara who’s providing mentorship and support to LGBTQ+ people looking to move to the UK with the lesbian and gay immigration group. And our Oxford guardian, Steeve, who volunteers with ReportOUT, a global human rights organisation for sexual and gender minorities.

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