Children spread positivity through empty shop windows

H2O Lead Youth Worker Daniel Rimmer in front of one of the Good Egg windows.

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A local youth work charity has teamed up with local primary school pupils to share positive messages throughout the town this Easter.

The Good Eggs project saw Hope to Oban (H2O) lead a range of primary pupils through the creation of 3D eggs made of card. On the back of the eggs the young people wrote a message of positivity and encouragement beginning with the words ‘you are’. H2O then hung the ‘Good Eggs’ in vacant shop windows throughout Oban to inspire passers-by.

More than 300 young people took part in the project, including pupils from Park Primary, Easdale Primary, Rockfield Primary, Strath of Appin Primary, St Columba’s Primary, Lochnell Primary and Dunbeg Primary.

The Good Eggs project forms part of the wider Memento Box initiative, which came out of H2O’s Stars of Hope Project – a collaborative Christmas project between the charity, local primary schools and local businesses.

Following monthly digital lessons from H2O, participating Momento Box children make a craft which represents a topic explored each month. Some of the topics explored include identity, community and environmentalism. The children place each month’s craft in their very own Memento Box – creating a collection of positive memories and keepsakes.

H2O lead youth worker, Daniel Rimmer, said: ‘Working with the local primary schools to bring these Good Eggs to Oban’s high street was a great privilege.

‘The young people’s creativity and positivity is sure to bring a smile to those who pass by the shop windows. Now more than ever we need to encourage and affirm one another – this project has been a fantastic way to do that.’

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, H2O previously worked alongside young people in person and on school premises. Memento Box’s use of digital solutions and content offers a brilliant alternative to continue to build relationships with young people, their families and their teachers whilst still observing and adhering to restrictions.

The Good Eggs project worked in collaboration with the Rockfield Centre Easter Egg Hunt and would not have been possible without generous support from local businesses and landlords.

Good Eggs will be on display throughout April, with featured windows found between Argyll Square and George Street.

Visit the H2O website hope2oban.org.uk/memento-box to find out more.