New Mural Celebrates the Work of the Dove Centre

Photograph by Oliver Benton

A new mural commissioned by WHALE Arts’ Creative Placemaking project has been painted on the side of the Wester Hailes Baptist Church celebrating the work of the Dove Centre.

The mural created by artist Fraser Gray depicts some of the work carried out by the Dove Centre during and before the pandemic including one of their well known Dove Transport buses alongside the slogan “You Are Only As Old As You Feel”.

The Dove Centre, based in the Wester Hailes Baptist Church, provides support and services for residents of Wester Hailes and the surrounding areas who are over 50; ranging from day trips, board games and food support.

During lockdown the organisation has delivered over 3000 meals, activity packs and provided weekly check in calls to help prevent isolation. Most of the Dove’s Service users are shielding so unfortunately have not seen the artwork yet but it is hoped it will be a nice surprise when they return.

Dove Centre staff alongside the Sainsbury’s Team. Photograph by Oliver Benton

The Dove would also like to announce that they were chosen as Sainsburys Currie’s community champion who have been providing food donations throughout the year. This year the supermarket has provided christmas dinners for the Dove’s members for free. The Dove would like to thank Sainsburys for all their help during the year.

The mural is one of several community artworks created by WHALE Art’s Creative Placemaking project including murals at Michael’s shop and the Hailesland flats.

The Dove Staff alongside the Mural. Photograph by Oliver Benton
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