Who gets your vote for community cash boost?

Mike Rennie of Mike's Bikes seated on the motor cycle with some of the volunteers who help refurbish and build the vehicles.

Mike Rennie of Mike's Bikes seated on the motor cycle with some of the volunteers who help refurbish and build the vehicles.

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AN ARBROATH community funding scheme got off to a flying start last week as dozens of votes were made for a shortlist of worthy causes.

The Ossman brothers are looking to donate a total of £10,000 to Arbroath-based good causes through the ‘Giving Back to the Community’ campaign, and have teamed up with the Arbroath Herald to allow our readers to decide on how awards of £5,000, £3,000 and £2,000 are made.

A shortlist of 10 causes was drawn up by a panel, and each week we will give a brief synopsis of three of the causes.

Mike Rennie (35) is an ex-drug addict and offender who has turned his life around and is now helping other disengaged youths. His project ‘Mike’s Bikes’ uses Mike’s mechanical engineering expertise to teach young people useful mechanical skills and engage them in social and personal development, by rebuilding bikes and buggies.

Ian Robb runs the charity Help For Abandoned Animals which tries to rehome animals that have either been mistreated or have been left homelss by a change in circumstances. The charity provides a valuable working and voluntary experience for young people completing their Duke of Edinburgh Awards, and people with learning difficulties who struggle to find employment.

ART MOVES is a small charity which gives people with learning disabilities the chance to participate in the arts. They hold various workshops which develop individual talents, communication skills and self confidence.

Voters can write to ‘Giving back to the community’, Arbroath Herald, 21 Market Place, Arbroath DD11 1HR. Or, email either arbroath.herald@jnscotland.co.uk or johnston.ralston@jnscotland.co.uk. You can also vote via Twitter by tweeting @heraldjohnston or @Arbroath_Herald.

And finally, there will be a form in the Arbroath Herald office at 21 Market Place for people to declare their nomination.