Shetland Youth Information Service (SYIS) faces imminent closure after the charitable trust dramatically withdrew financial support for the organisation today.
The decision, which was made in private by the trust, means that funding of £188,840 for the 2013/14 financial year, beginning next week, will no longer be made available.
Manager of SYIS Barry Callieu said that he and his staff were “devastated”.
“We are particularly devastated on behalf of the young people who regularly use [the service]” he added.
When The Shetland Times spoke to Mr Callieu yesterday, he had still not been given any firm details of the decision.
“I am totally unsure about what plans are in place” he said, “as to whether we finish on the 31st March, or whether contingencies are going to be made for us to carry on for a few months. I do not know”.
Chairman of Shetland Charitable Trust Bobby Hunter was unwilling to offer further details about the reasons behind the cut, except to say that “there were concerns over the service provision of the organisation”.
SYIS is based at the Market Cross, and provides a daily drop-in service for young people, giving them access to information and support in a “non-threatening environment”. According to the organisation’s website, they aim to “provide support to allow young people to take constructive steps to affect positive change in their lives”.