Fathers and families in disadvantaged areas of the county could be plunged into crisis if the cash-strapped DadsWork group is allowed to close.
That’s the warning from a leading national charity as it urges East Lothian residents to fight to save the pioneering project.
DadsWork provides courses and counselling for fathers in disadvantaged areas of the county, many of whom are primary carers for their children as a result of broken relationships or bereavement.
The group, set up in Musselburgh 12 years ago, is now facing closure, however, after East Lothian Council rejected its £70,000 funding bid.
In the past two weeks, more than 900 people have signed online and paper petitions urging the council to reverse its decision.
David Drysdale, national development manager of Fathers Network Scotland, is also backing the campaign.
“We should be celebrating and learning from the great work this project has pioneered - not closing them down,” he said.
“More than any other organisation, it has helped to inspire the growing awareness in Scotland around the importance of fathers in the lives of their children and families.”
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