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26 January 2023 | Volunteering

Three volunteering opportunities in east London

Volunteering opportunities in east London

Our community of guardians in east London is growing. With lots of new properties becoming available in Poplar, we thought we’d share some great volunteering opportunities in east London. Every month, our guardians each spend at least 16 hours volunteering for a cause they care about. In 2022, our east London guardians collectively contributed 5,044… Read More

14 December 2022 | The Dot Dot Dot story

Reflections on five months as Dot Dot Dot’s Chief Executive

This month we have welcomed our Chief Executive, Mark Ackroyd, back from five months of parental leave.  In his absence, I covered his role alongside my usual responsibilities as Dot Dot Dot’s Executive Chair, bringing me closer to the nitty-gritty of our work. Here are my reflections on five months in the driving seat.

Our long-term meanwhile project with Peabody in Thamesmead

Since 2015, Dot Dot Dot have collaborated with Peabody during their 10-year regeneration project by securing 120 flats in Thamesmead with socially-minded property guardians. Throughout this partnership, we have endeavoured to explore how we can best benefit the Thamesmead community. As we ask each of our guardians to volunteer 16 hours of their time a month to a good cause, we have an invaluable resource that can be directed to local community projects.

7 December 2022 | Making a space a home

DIY Christmas decoration ideas that don’t cost a fortune

If you’re looking for ways to decorate your space without breaking the bank, then we’ve got your back! Check out our three favourite DIY Christmas decoration ideas that are inexpensive, good for the planet and will get you feeling festive. Make your own baubles Don’t fear! This is actually much simpler than it sounds. You’ll… Read More

31 October 2022 | Guardian stories, Volunteering

Spotlight on Jessica: Knitting hats for newborns

Our property guardian, Jessica, volunteers by knitting hats for newborns.

While working as a student midwife, Jessica came across Bliss, a charity that supports parents and babies in neonatal care. After becoming a Dot Dot Dot property guardian, she started volunteering with the organisation. Jessica now knits hats and delivers them to local hospitals for premature newborns to wear.

6 October 2022 | Guardian stories

Starting a new career is easier with low-cost housing

Guardianship for graduates In 2022, the average graduate salary comes in at just over £24,000 a year, equating to around £1,670 a month take home pay. Then, consider the private rental sector, where the average cost of a double room in London is £815pcm and a 1-bed flat ranges from £1,526-£1,759. As a graduate, you… Read More

29 September 2022 | Property management

Dot Dot Dot’s approach to pricing the homes we offer

At Dot Dot Dot, our purpose is to provide well-managed, inexpensive homes to people who want to volunteer for good causes.  So setting the prices our residents pay for their housing is crucial to our social impact model as well as our business model, and we think about it carefully.  

19 August 2022 | Guardian stories

World Entrepreneur Day: The positive power of online gaming

World entrepreneur day

At Dot Dot Dot, we house some truly innovative guardians who have made a real difference to their communities. To celebrate World Entrepreneur Day, we’re highlighting the work of Daniel who set up his own social enterprise during his time as a property guardian with us. Daniel previously enjoyed volunteering at a local furniture store…. Read More

Providing property peace of mind for Shepherds Bush Housing Group in Uxbridge

In 2019, we brought property guardianship to the London Borough of Hillingdon. Through our partnership with Shepherds Bush Housing Group, whose mission it is to provide safe, affordable homes across west London, we continue to secure 14 flats in Uxbridge. Since the project began, these properties have provided low-cost housing for 31 guardians who volunteer for good causes in the area.  

28 July 2022 | Guardian stories, Volunteering

Spotlight on Isabella: Creating a ‘better future for the children of today’

Since becoming a property guardian, Isabella, who lives in one of our Letchworth properties, has focused her voluntary efforts on supporting children from disadvantaged backgrounds in Ghana with community interest company, Visibility Africa. Discover how Isabella’s travels to the country have shaped her voluntary work. Improving the wellbeing of vulnerable children Our Letchworth-based guardian, Isabella… Read More

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