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Spotlight on: Karolina Gerlich – from volunteer to CEO of care workers charity the National Association of Care and Support Workers

Karolina became a Dot Dot Dot guardian in 2017, living in Canning Town, east London. When she wasn’t a full-time care worker, Karolina was spending much of her free time volunteering with the National Association of Care and Support Workers, acting as CEO. Find out from Karolina how guardianship and volunteering enabled her to gain a full-time paid role as the chief executive of the charity she had dedicated her spare time to.

Social impact worth millions

Dot Dot Dot founder Katharine Hibbert counts up the value of our guardians’ volunteering over the past 10 years – and our contribution to it.

18 August 2021 | 10th anniversary

The value of Dot Dot Dot’s social impact over the past 10 years: How we calculated it

In June, Dot Dot Dot celebrated its 10th birthday, and on 24th August it will be exactly a decade since we housed our first guardian. We’ve worked out the total value of our guardians’ volunteering over the past 10 years is £4.3m and the value of the impact Dot Dot Dot has made is £1.8m. These two figures make us very proud, but how did we get to them?

18 August 2021 | Property owner case studies

Providing reassurance to residents in Shoreham-by-Sea

We added another seaside location to our portfolio in December 2020 when we partnered with Southern Housing in Shoreham-by-Sea. In this case study, we discuss how we were able to work closely with Southern to secure an estate with increasingly at risk residents.

28 July 2021 | Making a space a home

Six tips for sourcing furniture on a budget

Alongside cheaper living costs, a welcoming guardian community and an opportunity to give back to causes you care about, living with Dot Dot Dot also enables you to get creative redecorating your home. The prospect of filling an empty space can often feel daunting, so just follow our guide to sourcing furniture on a budget based on our recent experience of  furnishing  a studio flat in Queen’s Park, north west London.

What “doing our best work” means in practice

One of our key goals at Dot Dot Dot is to “do our best work”. That mantra is meaningful to us because it expresses several different important concepts at once, explains our CEO, Peter Brown.

Bringing a youth club back into use with London Borough of Lewisham and Grove Park Youth Club Building Preservation Trust

In 2018, 52 years after the youth centre first opened, we partnered with London Borough of Lewisham and Grove Park Youth Club Building Preservation Trust (BPT) to secure the building with property guardians and bring the youth club back into use. With the property now handed back to Lewisham council in its newly restored condition, the Grove Park Youth Club will reopen its doors to the community on 26th July 2021 for the first time in eight years.

20 July 2021 | News and features

Never knowingly underhoused

At Dot Dot Dot, we know from our own experience and from our guardians that finding a home to rent in the private rented sector is a gamble. Creating an alternative to this uncertainty by providing well-managed, inexpensive homes is part of our reason for existence, explains our founder, Katharine Hibbert.

Three cheers for the bureaucrats!

As we turn 10, Katharine Hibbert argues that it’s the diligent administrators putting ideas into practice that make for a successful, sustainable business.

Property guardianship isn’t just for Londoners: Letchworth Garden City

In 2019, we brought our mission to provide safe, affordable housing for those who want to do more good to Letchworth Garden City. We take a look at our partnership with Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation and how we have brought our experience of working with property owners beyond the M25 to the project.

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