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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.

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. 

9 July 2021 | Uncategorised

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.

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.

23 June 2021 | 10th anniversary

Dot Dot Dot…10 years and counting

Dot Dot Dot guardians and the Dot Dot Dot team laugh together and pull silly poses

Dot Dot Dot chief executive, Peter Brown, reflects on what he’s learnt after moving from a housing association to work for a social enterprise.

17 June 2021 | Guardian stories

Spotlight on: Ailsa, looking back at eight years of Dot Dot Dot guardianship

Our longest standing guardian, Ailsa, reflects on friendships, volunteering and community during her eight years as a Dot Dot Dot property guardian.

Dot Dot Dot staff give their time to good causes

Child cutting some wood outside

During #VolunteersWeek 2021 we caught up with Dot Dot Dot staff who, like our guardians, often give up their time to volunteer for good causes. From a forest school for kids, to food banks and trustee positions, there’s loads of great work going on in our local communities. Patrick Harrison, business development associate at Dot… Read More

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