The new Culture Club: Takeaway Creative

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Ever wanted to learn a foreign language or an introduction to filmmaking? Takeaway Creative offer fun yet professional creative and tailored range of cultural programmes to older learners perhaps as a result of living remotely or for health considerations.

It offers small group courses in a variety of topics from foreign languages to song-writing and creative writing.

Often the distances from learning hubs has made options such as language learning, song-writing, creative writing, filmmaking, music theory and other topics very difficult. Education in rural areas can lack the access other people in more built up areas have particularly for older learners.

Takeaway Creative is a social enterprise operating mainly in Cowal and the Isle of Bute and it is now broadening its service to include Oban and the Isles.

It partners with Glasgow-based fellow social enterprise Lingo Flamingo for its  Takeaway Languages, and with similar organisations to deliver expert and tailored tuition.

From March 2020 the organisation moved to a digital service and has discovered new opportunities and connections. The online service for small groups means it can source a wider range of topics, as tutors in less common topics are based further afield.

Fiona Page from Takeaway Creative said: ‘It is fantastic to see the appetite for learning – the group dynamics for each course has become part of what we are delivering with people supporting each other and forging relationships.’

The Spanish 10-week course for beginners and improvers on Zoom will start on Thursday May 13, running weekly from 4-5pm.

The sessions are free, although donations are always welcome.

For more information and booking Spanish email: or visit

PS: ‘We like to think we have a can-do ethos so if a client wants to learn chess or play the flute we will do whatever we can to make this happen!,’ says Fiona.