Swinton Lock Activity Centre is an Arts and Environment Centre developed to address the leisure and learning needs of its local communities primarily within Swinton, Rotherham Borough and the surrounding areas, including some of the Barnsley and Doncaster Boroughs.
Based adjacent to the canal on Dun Street, Swinton Lock Activity Centre is well known within the community. It offers a range of arts and environment related courses and activities to meet community needs, rents out workshops to local art-related businesses, supports local artists with gallery space for exhibitions support with website design, publicity and an Artists Network known as Arts64.
The centre also maintains an attractive community park in conjunction with the local community which also doubles as a sculpture park and where 5 double fishing pegs offer excellent leisure facilities for the local communities and are used by the centre for fishing coaching with young people throughout the year.
The centre has two boats, a narrowboat called “Narroway” broad beamed boat called “Swinton Spirit” with lifts which is fully accessible to disabled people. This unique resource offers boat trips up the historic South Yorkshire Navigation canal and river Don and boat handling courses to young people and adults. The centre can now offer all these facilities to wheelchair users as well. “Swinton Spirit” has been specially designed to maximise viewing potential from the waterways and the Centre runs wildlife learning programmes from the new boat enabling passengers to learn about the wealth of wildlife in this area. “Swinton Spirit” is also used to help fulfil the Centre’s objectives with the arts, offering photographic and painting and sketching opportunities for artists, photographers and community residents on the canal and river Don.
Both our boats and facilities are available to hire for parties, pleasure trips, business events, meetings and social functions
The centre’s runs an activity programme throughout the term time for children and young people who struggle to achieve in schools for a variety of reasons. A wide ranging and diverse programme of activities has been devised offering externally accredited courses.
The Centre provides unusual and interesting facilities for local people and organisations and formal and informal learning programmes for others further afield. It runs workshops in activities including arts and crafts, yoga, boat handling, fishing, stained glass, park maintenance, pottery, boat handling and much more. Workshops are targeted at residents who are disadvantaged or isolated.
There is also a focus on disaffected young people and the project is well used by schools, local authorities, social services and other agencies throughout the area to provide facilities and accredited and non-accredited activities to young people with challenging behaviour.
A full Programme of activities is available throughout school holidays for children and young people.