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.
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.
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.
We caught up with a group of Dot Dot Dot guardians who are volunteering for Coldfire Festival with The Thomas Crosbie PACE Foundation. The festival is created as a celebration of young talent in sport and the arts, and promotes wellbeing, up and coming artists, and offers a safe space for young people to express their thoughts and feelings.
14 June 2019 | Volunteering blogs
Volunteers’ Week is a time to recognise and celebrate the countless volunteers up and down the country who make invaluable contributions to good causes every day. We held an event to say a special thank you to our guardians for all of the fantastic ways in which they’ve impacted positively on their communities.
24 May 2019 | Volunteering blogs
Check out some great organisations where you can offer support to improve the lives of people with dementia. Two-thirds of people living with dementia report feeling isolated and lonely. That’s why this year, Dementia Action Week is about starting a conversation with someone living with dementia.
For Dementia Action Week 2019, we catch up with Dot Dot Dot guardian, Alison, to hear about how things are going with her charity, Remembering Not to Forget. Read about the hard work and commitment it takes to run her charity, and the achievements that make it all worth it.
17 May 2019 | Volunteering blogs
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, this year there’s a focus on body image. We’ve collated a list of organisations where you can volunteer to help people regain control of how they feel about their bodies, and to fight unobtainable beauty standards. We’ve also included some organisations dedicated to improving the quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness.
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