Hear it from our guardians

We regularly hear from our guardians about what they’ve been up to, whether that’s about volunteering or making their space feel homely. Below you can find some of the entries from the guardian spotlight section of our blog, and you can hear plenty more from our guardians on our social media pages:

 

 

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.

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.

Guardianship and social impact in east London with Custom House Civic Community Hub

Dot Dot Dot guardians in east London have been supporting the community-building efforts created by Civic, an organisation working to re-imagine community high streets for the benefit of local residents. We explore the inventive ways our guardians have set out to give a new lease of life to a set of empty retail spaces by  developing them into a vibrant community-led centre. 

Helping his community to borrow instead of buy: Allan Smith and SHARE Oxford

Oxford guardian, Allan, is helping members of his community to prevent waste with SHARE. The organisation is on a mission to discourage a culture of waste by enabling people to borrow items instead of buy. Founder of SHARE, Maurice, explains how volunteers like Allan have enabled the organisation to grow, and build a strong community of like-minded people. Volunteers help to educate others on the importance of reducing the need for unnecessary production and consumption.