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Amplifying her volunteering efforts with Dot Dot Dot guardianship: Karin and the Open HR Forum – Students

With the added support of Dot Dot Dot guardianship, west London guardian, Karin, has been able to amplify her volunteering efforts to enable students to access mentoring from real world working professionals. Karin’s initiative, the Open HR Forum – Students, operates on an international scale to create opportunities for HR students to become leaders in their field. 

8 April 2022 | Local area guides

A guide to Kent’s county town, Maidstone

As one of Kent’s most enduring and historically significant towns, Maidstone is ever-evolving to balance new and diverse industries with its historic charm and characterful corners. Peacefully located on the banks of the river Medway, this county town is well worth exploring for its hubs of entertainment, long list of much loved bars and restaurants and leafy aesthetic. We recently visited the area for ourselves – and here are our best bits. 

31 March 2022 | Property management

Why we’re increasing our guardians’ licence fees

Back in early 2020 we were due to roll out increases to licence fees across our portfolio…and then Covid-19 hit. We explain why we’re now increasing our guardians’ licence fees, the factors we take into account when setting our fees, and the rules and requirements that we maintain in order to make guardianship viable and effective.

How we work with LB Brent to turn empty flats into inexpensive homes in Queen’s Park

The regeneration of South Kilburn in Queen’s Park is a 15-year project aiming to deliver over 2,400 new homes as part of a sustainable and mixed neighbourhood. Flats are vacated in phases to prepare blocks for demolition. However, leaving them empty can risk them becoming the target of anti-social behaviour or can mean maintenance issues that could affect existing residents aren’t spotted.

11 March 2022 | Guardian stories, Volunteering

Spotlight on: Cate and Charlotte, International Women’s Day

This International Women’s Day, we’re throwing the spotlight on two Dot Dot Dot guardians who are doing fantastic work to both support and lead the way for women in their careers and voluntary work.

Dot Dot Dot and LB Brent turn empty flats into inexpensive homes in South Kilburn

Ines, Dot Dot Dot property guardian in Queen's Park

Empty flats in a housing estate scheduled for demolition as part of a major regeneration programme are now inexpensive homes for people who volunteer, thanks to a new partnership between Dot Dot Dot and the London Borough of Brent.

How we work with housing associations

Our work with housing associations began back in 2011, when Andrea Baker, Poplar HARCA’s Director of Housing and Corporate Services, met Dot Dot Dot founder Katharine Hibbert. Since then, we have partnered with over 20 housing associations across England, most often in regeneration contexts, to secure empty buildings with property guardians, and we still work with Poplar HARCA today. 

Helping clients weather a perfect storm

With rising costs and reduced resources, it can be hard for property owners to invest any time in considering the best option for their empty buildings. Yet just a little bit of work up front will reap great financial and social benefits once properties are under our management, explains Dot Dot Dot CEO, Mark Ackroyd.

3 February 2022 | Local area guides

Balance busy city living with peace and tranquility in Croydon

For all those searching to exchange the busyness of the city with a leafy retreat, our double room available in a 2-bedroom period cottage is well located within the grounds of Ashburton Park, north Croydon. With its ever growing restaurant scene, abundance of serene spots to unwind and surprisingly good connections to central London, discover why this leafy borough might just be for you.  

In conversation with Mark Ackroyd, our new CEO

As we get into the swing of a new year, we catch up with Mark Ackroyd, new Chief Executive at Dot Dot Dot, about his love of the nitty gritty, how the landscape has shifted in the past five years and his aims for 2022.

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