22 November 2019 | Community, News and features | Back to Blog

We do more than just property guardianship

As the only property guardian company formally structured as a social enterprise, Dot Dot Dot exists to make a positive difference in the world. We work in a way which is a win-win-win for property owners, property guardians and local communities: taking good care of buildings; providing guardians with quality affordable housing; and ensuring our guardians are great neighbours who support their local community.

Dot Dot Dot’s unique approach adds a focus on community-building and placemaking, here’s some examples of our impact to date that go beyond providing empty property security and inexpensive housing for residents:


Increasing employability skills in the communities where we work

We have partnered with the charity, Volunteer It Yourself, to give 18 young people the opportunity to gain City and Guilds Entry Level 3 Award in Employability Skills: Painting and Decorating. Over the course of the project, participants redecorated a property for ready for a Dot Dot Dot guardian to live in. Read about our latest partnership here.


Making the most of under-used spaces in our properties for non-residential use

We’ve partnered with east London-based CIC, Bubble Club, to provide space for workshops in a largely under-used space in our Whitechapel property. Bubble Club run weekly workshops where people with learning disabilities are supported to plan, organise and deliver the Bubble Club events. Their events are award-winning learning disability club nights which are safe, accessible and totally inclusive.


Enabling the charity sector access to regular, reliable volunteers

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’re particularly keen to support our guardians to volunteer within the neighbourhood where they live, so we coordinate information evenings with local charities to promote volunteering opportunities to Dot Dot Dot guardians. We’ve run sessions with representatives from St. Mungos, Salvation Army, Providence Row and more.


Supporting property owners specific volunteering plans

We can support our clients local volunteering efforts and ambitions. We are supporting Grove Park Youth Club’s Building Preservation Trust (BPT) in their efforts to bring the building back into use as a community asset in the future. We have housed three Dot Dot Dot guardians in the youth club who all use their monthly volunteering hours to work towards the BPT’s objectives. This has included arranging litter picks, putting together plans for a community garden, recruiting volunteers, writing funding applications, and stakeholder management and meetings.


If you’d like to find out more about our unique approach, head over here or request a call with a member of the team here.