Hear it from our guardians

Most people become Dot Dot Dot property guardians because they want to make a positive impact on society and volunteer their free time to good causes. But there are plenty of other benefits to being a property guardian. For some, it makes their existing lifestyle easier and more affordable, for others, it opens up a new way of living, or enables them to connect with like-minded individuals. Meet our guardian community and discover their stories.

Tom Bigglestone: new life experiences through volunteering

“Dot Dot Dot’s focus on volunteering has led to opportunities that could have otherwise passed me by. Life can be fast-paced and even with the best intentions, volunteering time can be choked by other commitments. The obligation to do 16 hours a month as part of my licence agreement makes volunteering part of my weekly routine, and never an “extra” thing that gets squeezed in (or squeezed out). I’ve given time to many organisations and causes close to my heart such as male suicide prevention, community sport and local regeneration. I’ve made terrific memories and met lots of new people through my volunteering. I’m currently a listening volunteer at Samaritans.”


Eke Anyadike: gaining her independence through living alone

“Before I became a Dot Dot Dot property guardian I was living at home with my mum and younger brother. I wanted to get my own space and I started to think maybe I didn’t need to rent privately after hearing about Dot Dot Dot through a friend. Finding out about the volunteering aspect made me much more interested – especially as other guardianship companies don’t have this side to them. Getting to live on my own and affording a flat isn’t something I expected I’d be able to do and it’s only because of Dot Dot Dot that I can do this.”


Dawn Gladwin: finding her feet after an unexpected life change 

“I’m currently a property guardian, which I never planned on doing, but after 26 years with my partner, we split up and I needed to find somewhere to live. I researched different organisations and used Dot Dot Dot, which offers affordable properties and in return asks guardians to commit to 16 hours of volunteering a month. I ended up in Abbey Wood in London. It’s a lovely place with a garden, a balcony off the kitchen, a workshop and a music room. I really like the community aspect of being a property guardian. So far, I’ve run a mosaic course in a residential home and helped out with some gardening locally.”


Find out how to apply to be a guardian by watching our step-by-step video guide. You can also discover more stories from our guardian community below.

Amplifying her volunteering efforts with Dot Dot Dot guardianship: Karin and the Open HR Forum – Students

With the added support of Dot Dot Dot guardianship, west London guardian, Karin, has been able to amplify her volunteering efforts to enable students to access mentoring from real world working professionals. Karin’s initiative, the Open HR Forum – Students, operates on an international scale to create opportunities for HR students to become leaders in their field. 

11 March 2022 | Guardian stories, Volunteering

Spotlight on: Cate and Charlotte, International Women’s Day

This International Women’s Day, we’re throwing the spotlight on two Dot Dot Dot guardians who are doing fantastic work to both support and lead the way for women in their careers and voluntary work.

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.

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.

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.