Swinton Lock is a community based charity developed in 2004 to meet the education and social needs of the communities in Rotherham, Doncaster, Barnsley and Dearne Valley, focusing on those who through disability, social and economic disadvantage face barriers to accessing these opportunities elsewhere.


We are based adjacent to the South Yorkshire Navigational Canal and own two narrow boats one of which is fully accessible. Both boats are used to offer boat-handling courses, volunteering opportunities and pleasure trips to both children and adults.


The primary focus of our centre is a re-engagement programme to children and young people aged 6 - 16 who are struggling to achieve or have been excluded from mainstream education for a variety of reasons. A wide ranging and diverse programme of activities have been devised offering alternative education programmes. At present the centre is working with 84 children and has an attendance rate of 97%, of those 84 children 31 have a disability.


In April 2013 staff at the centre developed our now well-established young volunteers group. Through sheer hard work and dedication, the group has offered 23 children and young people the opportunity to access comprehensive safety, customer care, water safety and man overboard procedures. These 23 young people have offered pleasure boat trips during school holidays, weekends and evenings.


Alongside the activities for young people, the centre offers numerous courses for adults of all abilities. With three onsite studios with resident artists, the gallery and exhibition space is certainly worth checking out. The classes are primarily art based but very diverse with everything from arts and crafts to encaustic art, flower arranging and fine art, programmes and new activities shared via our events page.


Our aim is to promote:


Work with schools


We offer an Alternative education programme for schools to refer into

Bespoke learning and activity packages

Positive rewards programme for students

After School Clubs


Support work with adults

We offer a rage of support options for adults in centre and as referals to partnership organisations. Whatever your needs we are more than happy to meet and chat to offer guidance and support as required.


Some of the areas we cover include:

  • Supplying a designated adult support worker
  • Emotional support
  • Counselling Referal
  • Advocacy,including support with social care, court appointments and more.
  • Positive relationship awareness
  • Housing advice and debt advice (may include referrals)
  • Creative therapy and group work
  • 1 to 1 support

If in doubt please do not hesitate to contact us on 01709 578 778 or E-Mail us @ info@swintonlock.org


Boat training and Community Boat Hire

Environmental & Waterways Education

Oppotunities for Volunteering & Personal Development



Mission Statement


Swinton Lock Activity Centre is committed to providing an all-embracing wide range of client led activities, which are flexible, inclusive and accessible for all.


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Swinton Lock Activity Centre