Category: Our social impact

Spotlight on: Tim Callaway – building strong connections with his community

When Tim moved to High Wycombe to become a property guardian in 2015, he was only intending it to be a short stop gap. But as more guardians moved to the area, it became clear that he was developing a strong connection with his community. Neighbourliness has always been a part of Dot Dot Dot’s ethos, and Tim tells us how he and his fellow guardians have helped improve the local area for residents by taking care of the outdoor spaces.

Spotlight on: Melody Abeni – swapping London for Letchworth Garden City to develop her freelance writing career

Melody wasn’t intending to embark on a London hiatus, but when she stumbled upon our properties in Letchworth Garden City, she felt drawn to the leafy, pastoral town away from the capital. It was the perfect spot for developing her freelance writing and art career without committing to long-term change. Melody reveals just why the flexibility of guardianship is exactly what she needs during this period of her life.

Spotlight on: Karolina Gerlich – from volunteer to CEO of care workers charity the National Association of Care and Support Workers

Karolina became a Dot Dot Dot guardian in 2017, living in Canning Town, east London. When she wasn’t a full-time care worker, Karolina was spending much of her free time volunteering with the National Association of Care and Support Workers, acting as CEO. Find out from Karolina how guardianship and volunteering enabled her to gain a full-time paid role as the chief executive of the charity she had dedicated her spare time to.

Social impact worth millions

Dot Dot Dot founder Katharine Hibbert counts up the value of our guardians’ volunteering over the past 10 years – and our contribution to it.

Bringing a youth club back into use with London Borough of Lewisham and Grove Park Youth Club Building Preservation Trust

In 2018, 52 years after the youth centre first opened, we partnered with London Borough of Lewisham and Grove Park Youth Club Building Preservation Trust (BPT) to secure the building with property guardians and bring the youth club back into use. With the property now handed back to Lewisham council in its newly restored condition, the Grove Park Youth Club will reopen its doors to the community on 26th July 2021 for the first time in eight years.

Spotlight on: Sara and Steeve, celebrating Pride Month 2021

For Pride Month 2021, we spoke to our south east London guardian, Sara who’s providing mentorship and support to LGBTQ+ people looking to move to the UK with the lesbian and gay immigration group. And our Oxford guardian, Steeve, who volunteers with ReportOUT, a global human rights organisation for sexual and gender minorities.

Data proves that everybody really does need good neighbours

A recent report highlights the importance of strong community infrastructure and neighbourliness explains our founder, Katharine Hibbert.

Dot Dot Dot and Keniston Housing Association announce partnership in Bromley

Outside of Bromley building in the sunshine

Former sheltered housing in Bromley is to become the base for a group of property guardians who volunteer in the local community, thanks to a new partnership between Dot Dot Dot and Keniston Housing Association. The first guardians moved into Robert Whyte House at the end of last week. They will aim to keep the… Read More

Supporting long-term placemaking with Poplar HARCA in east London

We explore our partnership with Poplar HARCA, a housing association leading long-term regeneration and placemaking in east London.

Silver linings on the high street

Our founder, Katharine Hibbert, explores the silver lining of Britain’s empty high streets: an opportunity to build back better.

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