Dot Dot Dot celebrates 140 years’ worth of volunteering.
A social enterprise enabling people to live in buildings that would otherwise be empty has announced that more than 140 years’ worth (or 229,060 hours) of volunteering has been carried out by its residents since it began recording volunteering data in 2015.
Based on the assumption that all volunteering hours should be valued at the UK living wage of £9 per hour, this equates to at least £2.06 million worth of effort contributed to the voluntary sector.
Dot Dot Dot is built on the ‘property guardian’ model, where people are placed in buildings to take care of them on a temporary, flexible basis. Everyone it houses is chosen because they want to give time to charitable causes.
Dot Dot Dot residents are currently contributing around 5,500 hours of volunteering per month to charities and community organisations in Greater London, Buckinghamshire, Lancashire, Cambridgeshire and Oxfordshire.