HUNDREDS of people have signed a petition in a bid to save a vital service for children and young people with learning disabilities in Inverness.
The Special Needs Action Project (Snap), which provides a range of out-of-school social activities for five to 18-year-olds, is set to lose its annual funding from Highland Council.
More than 1700 people have now signed a petition launched by worried parents.
They say the project’s closure would have a devastating impact on the mental health and self-esteem of the youngsters who are the weakest and most vulnerable members of society and unable to speak up and fight for themselves.
They are calling on the council to rethink its decision to turn down the charity’s funding application of £70,000 which represents 43 per cent of the annual running costs of £200,000.
Inverness MP Drew Hendry and Inverness South councillor Ken Gowans have also stepped in to see if the service can be saved.
“Families will simply not cope without this vital resource,” saidCllr Gowans who urged people to call on their local councillors to demand the decision be reversed.
“This comes at a time when another childcare provider, Direct Childcare, has stated it will be forced to close if Highland Council does not reinstate its funding.”