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.
Hear from Dot Dot Dot guardian and team member, Desire, about her volunteering with Futurist Women. She’s been involved with the launch of the social enterprise, aiming to tackle unemployment amongst young women in and around Africa.
Dot Dot Dot guardians in Abbey Wood totted up a total of 442 hours for Crossness Engines Trust in 2018. The charity was set up in 1987 to restore engines that represent a unique part of Britain’s industrial heritage and Victorian engineering. A large part of the restoration work so far has been carried out entirely by the volunteer workforce.
James has been a Dot Dot Dot guardian for just over a year, and so far has dedicated over 260 hours – the equivalent of a full month of work – to help create positive change in communities in London. Find out more about his volunteering with Doorstep Library.
Angela became a Dot Dot Dot guardian in summer 2018, and has since totted up a total of 438 hours volunteering at Cavendish School in south east London. We asked Angela about her highlights and proudest moments of her volunteering experience so far.
Since becoming a Dot Dot Dot guardian in spring 2018, James has volunteered for over 70 hours for good causes. Find out more about the work he has been doing with Chatter Chamber and how being a Dot Dot Dot guardian has helped his volunteering.
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