How do volunteering and guardianship go together?

We are a social enterprise, which means we care about creating social value through the way we work. Supporting volunteering by all of our property guardians, typically in the local area, is how we do this.

When our guardians sign up with Dot Dot Dot, they are agreeing to volunteer for 16 hours a month at a charity or charities of their choice. We believe that people who volunteer make great guardians and vice versa. This is because they’re conscientious, happy to help other people and to make a place better through building community. We know our properties are in safe hands!

Volunteering has benefits for the volunteer, not just the charity. It can have a significant positive impact with the learning of new skills, building new connections and having a new focus. Dot Dot Dot believes that with lower monthly living costs, our guardians have a little more time and can therefore engage with their community with less pressures of needing to be elsewhere to earn money.

“I was doing a lot of volunteering before Dot Dot Dot, so it’s nice to have it appreciated and be able to promote your volunteering projects to like-minded people.”

Current guardian

“I think everyone should do a bit of volunteering – you discover new talents, you don’t have to quantify your time into money and you help communities and people by doing things you love!”

Current guardian

How do I volunteer as a Dot Dot Dot guardian?

If you already volunteer and are enjoying it, then we’re happy for you to keep up the good work. We don’t ask you to change what you’re doing, but we’d love to hear about it and continue to support you in it. Those who are interested in helping others and making a positive social impact generally make brilliant property guardians.

If volunteering is new for you, you can start by looking at helpful online resources which cover all or most of England. Click on the logos below to explore current opportunities.

We’re also particularly keen to support our guardians into volunteering within the neighbourhood where they live. Volunteers are always valuable, and there is an extra value when those hours are put in to support communities which are going through change. if you get housed in an area where we know of specific needs and charities working in the locality, we will make sure you’re connected with the relevant people when you’re ready to start volunteering.

Find volunteering opportunities now

We’re always on hand if you’re struggling to find the right volunteering for you but there are some brilliant resources out there for you to explore. You might end up doing something different every month, or you might be really passionate about a particular cause and get involved with one particular group.

Project Dirt is a great online platform for outdoor community projects to list volunteering opportunities and sustain these ideas with locals. If you love the outdoors, this is a great option for you. Search opportunities at Project Dirt
Do it lists all sorts of volunteering opportunities including outdoor and indoor options across the UK. Search opportunities at Do It
If you’ve got a specific skill, then Reach Volunteering lists more desk based opportunities if you want to donate that skill as part of your volunteering. Search opportunities at Reach Skills
Team London volunteering page for London specific opportunities. Search opportunities at Team London
KeyRing volunteering page for London and non-London properties. Search opportunities at Keyring now. 
whatCharity is a combination of an online directory and social media platform. You can search by location, mission, impact, causes, donor and beneficiary reviews, resources needed, size and more. It lets people see what support charities need and choose which ones to work with. Search for both London and non-London based opportunities at whatCharity here.

“The Dot Dot Dot guardians are helping out enormously at our little farm: from mucking in with the daily tasks and helping care for our lovely animals, to heading projects to expand the groups we reach and move into using the farm as a therapeutic tool. They have been absolutely fantastic, being proactive in making links with other projects and setting up trial sessions for a new service with elderly people – we wouldn’t be able to do it without them!”

Katharine Sharp, Volunteer Manager, Stepney City Farm

“Dot Dot Dot is genuinely innovative and exciting idea which could provide accommodation to hundreds of people, whilst also rewarding those who want to make a real difference to our communities. A great idea all round.”

Campbell Robb, Chief Executive, Shelter

Recent blog posts about volunteering

Spotlight on: Tom – The Big Lunch

Hear from Tom, one of our Newham guardians, about his experience of organising a community event, and some top tips for organising your own! On 3 June, we held a Big Lunch for our neighbours and other Dot Dot Dot Newham guardians. ‘The Big Lunch’ is an annual ‘get together for neighbours’, set up by… Read More

Shiny and Newham: guardians go litter picking

On Saturday 9th June some of our Newham property guardians were let loose with CleanupUk to get a local park looking fresh and clean. Five guardians living in Newham met at Cundy Park, litter pickers in hand and ready to fill their bin bags! They were supported by Neeta from CleanupUK. CleanupUK is a charity… Read More

#VolunteersWeek

We’re taking the opportunity to celebrate Volunteers’ Week and thank our guardians who give up their time to make a difference in communities. All our guardians volunteer for 16 hours a month for a charitable cause of their choice, and we want to recognise all that they achieve through this. Over the next week we… Read More

Spotlight on: Alison – Remembering Not to Forget

Hear from Alison, one of our guardians living in East London. Alison talks about the volunteering aspect of guardianship with Dot Dot Dot and the charity she has set up. I moved into a Dot Dot Dot property in Bow at the end of January, so I’m still relatively new to property guardianship. When I… Read More

Spotlight on: Nargiz – raising awareness of trafficking, slavery and poverty

Nargiz, originally from Azerbaijan, lives in one of our Eltham properties, she has been living with Dot Dot Dot as a property guardian since September 2017. She was interested by the lower monthly costs of being a guardian, but was already an active volunteer so thought the opportunity to become a guardian with Dot Dot… Read More


Questions not answered?

Do you need more support or information about volunteering and guardianship? Get in contact with us now.

Equally, if you would like to know more about how Dot Dot Dot can work with your organisation, or if we should be tackling empty buildings in your area, we’d love to hear from you.

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