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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.

10 December 2021 | News and features

A victory for property guardianship

The law on property guardianship got even clearer this month, as the Court of Appeal ruled that guardians can’t dispute a possession order as long as the property guardian company has carried out its work correctly. Our founder, Katharine Hibbert, explores what this means for the sector and for Dot Dot Dot.

30 November 2021 | Guardian stories, Local area guides

Move to High Wycombe: a vibrant market town surrounded by the beauty of the Chiltern Hills

Our self-contained flats in the Buckinghamshire market town of High Wycombe are one stop away from the picturesque Chiltern Hills and just 45 minutes from central London. From a 700 year old market to the best outdoor swimming spot, discover our top picks in the area and how Dot Dot Dot guardian, Jerry, gained his independence through living alone in his cosy 1-bed flat.

24 November 2021 | 10th anniversary

Then and now: our first partnership with Poplar HARCA

Our partnership with Poplar HARCA, an award-winning Housing and Regeneration Community Association, began in 2011 when Andrea Baker, HARCA’s Director of Housing and Corporate Services, met with our founder Katharine Hibbert. Ten years on, we continue to partner with Poplar HARCA to secure properties and support their placemaking projects in east London.  We spoke to Andrea about how our partnership has strengthened and changed over the years, and how our guardians have provided a reassuring presence during the regeneration process.

22 November 2021 | Property owner case studies

Property guardianship and beyond: working with Croydon Council

We started working with London Borough of Croydon in 2017, when we took on a former school-turned-NHS building in west Croydon. Looking back over our four-year relationship, we explore how a renewed sense of purpose during a property’s transition phase can lay the groundwork for its new use.

Then and now: 10 years of property guardianship

Dot Dot Dot founder Katharine Hibbert looks back at the industry she walked into in 2011 and how it’s developed over a decade.

16 November 2021 | 10th anniversary

From Brutalist to Georgian: 10 architecturally iconic projects

We have partnered with some great clients and organisations over the past 10 years; they are at the heart of what we do. But so, too, are the incredible buildings and projects we have worked on and housed guardians in. From brutalist towers to Georgian townhouses, we take a look at some of our favourite architecturally iconic projects from the last 10 years.

Looking back: Five lessons from five years of leading Dot Dot Dot

Outgoing CEO, Peter Brown, reflects on the importance of relationships, patience and creating positive social impact.

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