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

7 November 2018 | Community, Volunteering blogs

Greenway Clean Up

Dot Dot Dot staff and guardians joined forces with Thames Water, Newham Council and local school children to clean up the Greenway – Newham’s green walking and cycling highway.

Building Britain

Employability of young people

Earlier this year we partnered with Volunteer It Yourself (VIY) to increase the employability of young people in Barnet. Channel 4 presenter Guy Martin has taken up the mission of encouraging more young people to learn vocational trade and building skills as part of his new show – Guy Martin’s Big Build. He recently went out to meet and work alongside young people at VIY projects across the country, and has produced two 10-minute films about his experiences.

Spotlight on: Carl – Festive Fundraising in September

Our High Barnet guardian, Carl, leads a double life as Santa! And he needs your help!

Bitter about litter!

Our guardians in Hendon have been getting up to some good and organised a local litter pick of the estate. There was a great turn out and local people were even stopping and thanking them for their hard work, nice one!

Spotlight on: Diana – Too Much of a Person

Since becoming a Dot Dot Dot guardian, Diana, based in West London, has set up ‘Too Much of a Person’, a project to empower self identifying women and non-binary people and provide a safe space for participants to talk, listen and learn from each other’s experiences.


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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