Category: Volunteering

20 December 2021 | Guardian stories, Volunteering

Volunteer to spread festive cheer: 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.

Forming meaningful connections in Oxford: Mori and Oxford Community Action

Through their regular volunteering, Oxford guardian, Mori, is helping to redistribute food and spread the word about the work of Oxford Community Action in their local community and further afield. We caught up with them to find out how the organisation supports Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities ‘to tackle and overcome barriers created by structural inequalities’ through grassroots activities and community engagement.

Finding a sense of community in north west London: Farah and The Granville

Queen’s Park guardian, Farah, found a renewed sense of community in her hometown of north west London when she started volunteering for The Granville last year. The centre delivers food parcels to the local community and provides a multi-purpose space for people to come together.

How the Dot Dot Dot team volunteer their time to good causes

At Dot Dot Dot, we wouldn’t be able to support the volunteering efforts of our guardians without being socially-minded individuals ourselves, willing to dedicate time and energy to good causes. So, we caught up with members of our team to share some of the ways in which they have volunteered to support a wide range of communities in the UK and abroad, from a Chinese community centre in Soho to refugees in Calais.

Delivering food parcels in his community: Daneel Phillips and Made in Hackney

We spoke to Poplar guardian Daneel back in April this year about his volunteering with Made in Hackney, a community cookery school that, when the pandemic hit, turned its hand to supporting vulnerable members of the local community. We recently caught up with Khin, Volunteer Manager at Made in Hackney, to see how they’ve adapted over the past 18 months and how volunteers like Daneel contribute to the direct impact they are making in their community.

Spotlight on: Veema Sawmynaden – creating meaningful impact through her digital magazine, Dark Hues

Veema had always been looking for ways that she could create a meaningful impact to society, but wanted to do so in a creative way to represent what she wanted to see in the world. So after attending a workshop around colourism, she developed the idea for a digital magazine to inspire conversations and raise awareness around the subject. Now, Dark Hues is a fast-growing platform for dark skin people of colour to share their experiences.

Spotlight on: Maria Stoica – finding her feet in London at Oasis City Farm

Maria Stoica

When she moved to London from rural Romania, the stark contrast between city and countryside was for Maria, unsettling. But after becoming a Dot Dot Dot guardian in 2016, she began searching for a volunteering opportunity that could help her maintain a connection with the countryside. It also meant Maria was helping to make London a greener and more sustainable city for all.

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: 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.

Dot Dot Dot staff give their time to good causes

Child cutting some wood outside

During #VolunteersWeek 2021 we caught up with Dot Dot Dot staff who, like our guardians, often give up their time to volunteer for good causes. From a forest school for kids, to food banks and trustee positions, there’s loads of great work going on in our local communities. Patrick Harrison, business development associate at Dot… Read More

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