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

This Month's Top News

Guardian Spotlight: Killian, Grove Park Youth Club

Killian has been a Dot Dot Dot guardian since August 2018 at Grove Park Youth Club in Lewisham. His volunteering journey began with a community group, established to save the Youth Club after funding cuts forced its closure in 2013. We caught up with Killian to hear his thoughts on how property guardians are contributing towards the trust’s goal of bringing the last purpose-built youth club of its kind back to life.

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Property of the Month: Double rooms in Barkingside, IG6

We have a fantastic opportunity for community living in a large property in Barkingside, just 5 minutes’ walk to the Central Line with easy access into central London. It's in a great location with amenities nearby, and Gants Hill which is 7 minutes’ away by bus. Barkingside High Street is 15 minutes’ walk away, with the beautiful Fairlop Country Park being within a 10 minute stroll.

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Partner Spotlight: Community Links and Volunteer It Yourself

We teamed up with Community Links and Volunteer It Yourself to bring a formerly disused building back into use as an affordable property guardianship home. The result was eight volunteers gaining crucial qualifications and skills, and a low-cost home for two property guardians who will contribute positively to their community in Canning Town.

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Behind the scenes at Dot Dot Dot

Over the last few months there’s been lots going on at Dot Dot Dot HQ - you may have noticed we’ve recently given a refresh. We teamed up with the A & the Z to get our guardians stories on camera, so it was great to get behind the scenes at the video shoot to have some fun with our guardians and the film crew, and to check out the video progress.

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Do you own an empty property? Let us take care of it

Our approach to vacant property protection combines a focus on quality and social value. We achieve this through placing and managing excellent property guardians who are committed to the local area. Want to find out more?

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