A month in the life of a Dot Dot Dot guardian

Finding a place to live that complements the life you want to lead isn’t easy. We believe in a society where people have the time and energy to give back to communities and causes they care about and we exist to provide housing that makes it easier for people to do so.

From anecdotal feedback from our guardians, we give you a taste of what it’s like being a Dot Dot Dot guardian below:

I’ve recently moved into my new home in Canning Town. I’m still amazed that I can now afford my own flat and save money in the process, something I never thought was possible in London.

One of the things that drew me to guardianship was the chance to get creative and make a place my own. The flat was in a good condition with a few old-fashioned features but otherwise a great blank canvas to put my stamp on, especially after a couple of coats of paint. You just can’t do that when you’re renting, and it definitely helps me feel like it’s mine, even though I know I may not be here for a long time.

Since I moved in I’ve been enjoying searching for some second-hand furniture to add character and have found a sofa, coffee table and bookcase using Freecycle that I’ve arranged to collect this week.

Another bonus of guardianship is the sense of community. Getting to know my neighbours has been great and I think what is so nice about guardianship is that, on the one hand, it attracts a really diverse group of people of all ages and backgrounds, but on the other, we seem to share a similar outlook on life. People have some super interesting stories about why they have chosen to be guardians and also where they volunteer. 

There’s only been one small issue with the flat since I moved in, which was a small leak in the corner of one of the windows when it rains. I had a go at fixing it myself but it was still leaking and so I got in touch with my Relationship Coordinator, Liz, at Dot Dot Dot, and she got it sorted – thanks Liz!

I’m looking forward to getting to know my neighbours more, and getting fully settled in but so far, so good!