THE threat of closure looms over a day centre in Southall as users and their families fight to save it.
The Albert Dane Centre in Western Road provides services and activities to improve wellbeing for people aged 18 to 64 years who suffer from disability or physical impairment.
But now Ealing Council is considering whether to close the site, which is open five days a week and looks after about 40 people.
Bernadette Khoshaba, whose aunt, Deklat Daniel, attends the centre, said: "This centre is essential, giving people like my aunt the opportunity and confidence to inter-act with others, learn so many things and make friends in a safe environment.
"The council should be seen to be actively supporting and engaging in a duty of care in the community for such groups, and not to use them as an easy target group to make cuts."
Mrs Daniel said: "The centre is so important to so many people. We have all gotten to know each other while using it and, more than any thing, it feels like a family."
The campaign to save the centre has already begun. A meeting was held last Thursday and on Saturday more than a hundred signatures were collected on a petition outside the Broadway Shopping Centre in Ealing.
Mrs Daniel said further petitioning will be carried out in the future.
A spokesman for Ealing Council said: "The council must find £53million of budget reductions by 2014 because of cuts in funding from central government. Tough decisions will have to be made and we are reviewing all our operations.
"The Albert Dane Centre needs considerable investment to bring it up to a decent, modern standard and we believe customers' needs could be better met by us helping them to find alternative support.
"We would like to emphasise that no decisions have yet been taken. The council is carrying out a full consultation and assessment to ensure the proposals would not have an adverse impact on people with critical and substantial needs and we will ensure there are enough alternative services available for those customers eligible for our support."