AN organisation which helps 750 disabled families each year it at risk of closing its doors forever, as Neath Port Talbot Council withdraw their core funding to the group.
Interplay, which celebrates its 25th birthday this year, was set up to create supported summer play schemes to integrate children with special needs into play.
But now the service is at risk, as the group was listed in a review of third sector funding by Neath Port Talbot Council, which needs to make £17.3 million savings following significant budget cuts.
Interplay receives £31,860 a year from Neath Port Talbot Council, but 100 per cent of that will be scrapped.
But John Thomas, manager of Interplay, is pleading with the authority to reverse the decision.
A Steering Group who looked at all the third sector funding given by the authority was advised that the service is not a priority for Children and Young Persons Service to fund in 2014-15.
Mr Thomas said if the funding is removed, it would put another £1 million secured through Children in Need and the Lottery, among others, at jeopardy — and result in the closure of the service, which provides up to 20 summer schemes for children with special needs in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.
A letter sent to Mr Thomas by the authority laid out the reasons for making the cut, saying: "In drawing up plans to save the £17.3 million savings in 2014-15, the Council has examined all aspects of expenditure and income. Regrettably, it has not been possible to protect the third sector from this exercise.
"In the final analysis there is simply not enough money to continue the level of investment we have made in the past."