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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.

On the Dot Dot Dot bookshelf: 10 things to read to understand the business we are today

At Dot Dot Dot we make no apologies for being geeks. We think hard about housing, about social impact, and about how to be a successful business which makes a useful contribution to both spheres.  Much of that thinking has come from our hands-on experience of housing almost 2,000 property guardians, but just as important is what we’ve learned from books. Discover founder Katharine’s top 10 books that have shaped the business we are today.

20 December 2021 | Guardian stories, Volunteering

How our guardians will be supporting vulnerable members of the community this winter

With the arrival of the holiday season it can be easy to forget that for many, the winter period spells isolation and hardship. But there are plenty of ways in which you can help to share joy with others over the coming months. We sat down with some of our guardians to find out how they’ll be volunteering to combat loneliness and poverty, and to get some ideas on how we can all get involved to spread festive cheer.

Then and now: our partnership with Red Kite Community Housing

We caught up with Richard Mulcahy from Red Kite to talk about how working with Dot Dot Dot has enabled them to keep projects running on time and afforded them the flexibility to work around some of the challenges posed by Covid-19.

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