Programmes & Services

We offer a range of programmes, classes and services for both children and adults within the community. Find out more about what we offer below.

Re-Engagement Programme

Brief introduction: Formally established in 2005 our re-engagement programme has successfully delivered alternative learning programmes to young people facing barriers towards education. Young people are referred onto the programme from secondary schools, LA and or pupil referral units for 1 to 2 days per week as part of their individual learning plan.

Our service encourages and supports young people using creative learning activities as a tool to build upon their development enabling them to develop new skills and work as part of a team.

Swinton Lock’s current provision can support up to 32 young people on a weekly basis. Creative activities that have formed part of this year’s programme include:  Spray can Art, Creative crafts, Construction and Boat Handing courses.

Current days / times: Our Re-engagement service is currently taking referrals for students to access our provisions on Mondays to Thursday throughout the academic term. Sessions start at 10:00am and finish at 2:00pm. (Half day sessions are available upon request) We are also continually developing the service based upon the demand and or the needs of our young people therefore we are able to look into offering additional activities that may not be part of the current programme and extend the current working programme to include further days.

Our Young People’s Provision Manager will be more than happy to look at establishing any bespoke packages etc and will be able to discuss options with you in full detail.  (Further information can also be found in our re-engagement referral guide)

Prices: To enquire about the cost of our current provision please call or email the number below.  This includes specialist tuition, materials and lunch of the student’s choice.  This cost is payable upon receipt of invoice which is sent out on a half termly basis. Full details of our price plan alongside information on how to cancel a student’s placement and our cancellation policy can be found within our re-engagement referral guide.

Who to contact:

For further information and or to book a placement please contact: Katie Eastburn
Children and Young People's Services Manager

Email :

Primary School Activity Days

Brief introduction: Utilising our unique gallery space and our centres 2 narrowboats we have worked successfully over the past 10 years to provide individual bespoke activity days for class groups of up to 30 children aged 6 upwards from primary schools from across Rotherham, Doncaster, Barnsley and Sheffield.

Delivered by our creative team made up of teaching staff and professional artists all skilled in working with children and young people we are able to put together a creative activity day based around any chosen subject area.

Typical activity session for up to 30 children would be delivered as follows:

  • Hello and welcome activity
  • Class split into 3 x smaller groups
  • Each group focusing on 1 of 3 activities for approximately 1h30mins
  • After this time the groups will swap over and repeat : this means that each child within the class will participate and or make something creative in all 3 activities throughout the day
  • At the end of the day all artwork and supportive information etc is there’s to take back into school

Recent requests and topics have included: Transport, The Waterways, Wildlife, Water safety, The Romans, The Egyptians, Dinosaurs and Outer Space.

Recent Activities have included: Pond dips and wildlife spotting, boat trips, painting, textiles, pottery, card crafts, jewellery, storytelling, urban arts and drama.

Current dates & times:  Each primary school activity day is focused and tailored to meet the needs of each individual school and its children. Typically this provision is delivered on a chosen Friday as agreed between us and the school as this tends to mean we can provide exclusive use of the space.

Prices: Prices are available upon request and are dependent upon the type of activities selected within your individual package. (More often than not this is because certain activities require more time for our tutors to prepare and take more materials) Our provisions manager will work with you to create a package that fits for your school and will be able to talk you through all of your options.

Who to contact:

For further information and to receive an activity quote please contact: Children and Young People's Coordinator; Katie Eastburn


Tel: 01709 578778

Children in Need Club

The BASE’ Youth Club 11-16 years


We provide a weekly ‘term time’ youth club for children and young people aged 11-16 years funded by BBC Children in Need. Our youth club known as The BASE, usually runs every Thursday during term time from 5pm till 7pm at Swinton Lock Activity Centre.


We do a range of activities and enable children and young people to make new friends, meet friends and socialise in a ‘safe’ environment. We provide a tuck shop and food and on occasions have social activities planned.


If you would like more information then please contact our Children and Young People’s Services Manager; Katie on 01709 578778 or email:

Creative Classes for Adults


Our pottery class runs on Mondays during term time, from 10.30am – 2.30pm and caters for all, from absolute beginners right through to advanced potters.

The cost per session is £13 with a commitment to the full term.

The centre provides a wide range of equipment, from a potters wheel to hand building and decorating tools. A kiln is also available for firing finished work.

Here are some of the techniques you can learn from our practicing pottery tutor:

  • Coiling
  • Slab building
  • Pinch pots
  • Raku pots & firing
  • Scraffito

Vulnerable Adult Services

The Vulnerable Adults service is our new National Lottery Community Fund project which has been developed from our previous Adult Post Abuse Service Project that was set up in 2015 in the wake of the Jay report.  This new project whilst still supporting historic victims of child sexual exploitation/abuse and domestic abuse, also now covers other vulnerable adults experiencing difficulties.


The project offers an extensive range of support for clients which include:


  • 1-1 Support
  • Advocacy
  • Group work
  • Therapeutic Creative Sessions
  • Signposting to other services

Referrals come via other statutory and voluntary agencies as well as self referral.  If you wish to enquire about the service please email our Vulnerable Adults Manager, Kathryn Kelwick