A little bit about us

About Swinton Lock

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 for young people of secondary school age 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.

Alongside the activities for young people, the centre currently offers courses for adults of all abilities in pottery on a Monday.  We share other events on our Facebook page, so be sure to check that out.

Other activities and events


Our location, facilities and ample parking also make Swinton Lock an ideal location for meetings, conferences and parties.


We can also offer a wide choice of children’s parties, with any of the Art and Crafts activities available to create a party to remember.

Boat Trips

Join our experienced crew for a relaxing cruise along the canal.
Learn how to handle the boat and manage locks.

Open Days

We also hold regular open days where you can come to meet the staff and sample many of the activities we have to offer.


Meet our dedicated team members, we have experienced passionate people working for the community.

  • Tim Alsopp
    Tim Alsopp Trustee
  • Stuart G Ellis
    Stuart G Ellis Trustee and Treasurer


As a community charity we are funded by, and work with a number of organisations including Children in Need & the National Lottery.

Registered Charity No. 1103160
Company Limited by Guarantee

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