Category: Guardian stories

Everything you need to know about our new property guardian flats in north-west London

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Dot Dot Dot has worked with Brent Council for a number of years now, turning their empty buildings into inexpensive accommodation for property guardians. We currently manage 23 flats in north-west London owned by Brent. In recent months, we’ve been working behind the scenes to take on many more flats in a Brent block that’s… Read More

10 July 2023 | Guardian stories, Volunteering

Thamesmead is funny: Bringing comedy to the community

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When Bea moved to Thamesmead to become a Dot Dot Dot guardian she was keen to meet new people and become an active member of the community. But she quickly noticed a lack of community engagement and local events for adults. Until she took matters into her own hands. Thamesmead is Funny A lover of… Read More

23 June 2023 | Guardian stories, Volunteering

Celebrating Pride: How Roberto is helping LGBTQ+ young people

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In spring of 2021, Roberto joined our community of guardians in west London. He has since completed over 336 hours of volunteering. In the run up to Pride this year, Roberto started to mentor a young LGBTQ+ university student. We caught up with him about his new volunteering role, and the impact it’s having on… Read More

19 June 2023 | Guardian stories, Volunteering

Compassion without borders: How Basma is celebrating refugee week

A few months ago, Basma moved into one of our west London properties. A refugee from Egypt, she is a passionate volunteer within the refugee community and advocate for ending violence against women and girls.  In the run up to Refugee Week, we spoke to Basma about her volunteering past and present.   Compassion without… Read More

Finding love: the unexpected benefits of Dot Dot Dot guardianships

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It was the height of lockdown. The world felt more isolated than ever when Amanda moved to  Henley-on-Thames. Little did she know that the idyllic riverside town was about to become the backdrop to her love story.   New beginnings Henley’s wooded hills and green fields make it one of England’s prettiest towns. From September… Read More

22 February 2023 | Guardian stories, Volunteering

Spotlight on Sam: Creating connections through volunteering

Dot Dot Dot property guardian, Sam, volunteering.

As a video producer and communications consultant in the social sector, Sam has had the opportunity to work with non-profit organisations in Ireland, the UK and Sub Saharan Africa. Through volunteering as part of his Dot Dot Dot guardianship, Sam has been able to offer his skills to organisations that couldn’t otherwise afford his services…. Read More

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.

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

19 August 2022 | Guardian stories

World Entrepreneur Day: The positive power of online gaming

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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

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