How much is an hour of volunteering worth? At Dot Dot Dot, we’re clear that the effort our guardians give to good causes is a gift not a transaction: we exist to house people who want to volunteer, and guardians choose us because they like our approach. It has always been to our advantage that the market is full of property guardian companies who aren’t interested in social impact – it is completely fine if people who would like to be guardians but who don’t want to volunteer choose one of our competitors instead. In fact, we encourage it.
But it’s important to measure the difference guardians’ volunteering makes, and as of this month people we house have collectively given the equivalent of £2m to good causes if their time was valued at the living wage - the equivalent of 140 years of full-time work. In fact, most of the work they’ve done would cost far more than this if it hadn’t been given for free, and in many cases receiving payment would have changed it – paying someone to pop in and chat to a lonely older person feels very different from the visitor coming because they chose to.
We’re highlighting this milestone on our new, refreshed website, and with a new video showcasing a few of our great guardians. Please do take a look, and spread the word if you know of anyone who would benefit from our work.
All the best,
Katharine and the Dot Dot Dot team