GOOD causes in Renfrewshire will soon be quids in, thanks to The Gazette and our friends at Taylor Wimpey West Scotland.

We have teamed up with the leading housebuilder to give away £1,000 in our fantastic Community Chest initiative.

We asked our readers to nominate worthy causes in the Renfrewshire area which are most deserving of a share of this generous cash award.

And nominations were soon pouring in for charities and other organisations which rely heavily on donations to keep up their good work in the community.

Our editorial team has now whittled down the nominations to produce a shortlist of the most deserving causes – and we would now like you to cast your vote for your top three favourite charities or local community group to receive a cash boost of either £500, £300 or £200.

The six finalists are:
Corseford Tenants’ and Residents Association, which would use the cash to help fund a much-needed play area for children in this part of Johnstone

Johnstone Central Scout Group, which is keen to improve its Scout Hall, including a new kitchen, for the benefit of young people
Fares4Free, which provides veterans across Renfrewshire with a befriending service, as well as free access to transport – transforming their lives by enabling them to attend vital appointments

The Buddy Beat, which would use the funds to provide music workshops to various groups in Renfrewshire, including schoolkids who have special needs

Active Communities, which is based in Johnstone and delivers physical activity, community sport and health and wellbeing programmes

Renfrewshire Foodbank, which relies on help from the local community to provide much-needed food while supporting people to get back on their feet

The organisation which receives the most votes will win £500, with the runner-up and third-placed entry getting £300 and £200 respectively.

Audrey Ross, sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, which is currently building high-quality homes at its Dargavel Village development in Bishopton and will open a new development at Hawkhead Gardens in Paisley early next year, said: “We are delighted to announce the shortlist of the six community groups, as nominated by readers of The Gazette.

“Three of these groups will receive a share of our £1,000 cash donation and I would urge readers to get involved and vote for their favourite cause.

“The Community Chest initiative is a fantastic way to recognise the unsung heroes that are found in the local communities where we are really proud to build our new homes.”

To vote for your favourite send an email to 

Only one vote per email address will count towards the total. The closing date is Friday, December 14, and the editor's decision is final.