During COVID, Egija worked tenaciously to adapt YMCA Swansea’s Young Carers Service and bring support systems online. She implemented a new way of working for herself and her team of youth workers in order to deliver fun and interactive virtual sessions to ensure they were able to have a break from their caring roles and stay connected.
Egija ensured staff were trained and equipped to deliver activities ranging from one-to-one sessions and group quizzes, to issue-based workshops, and online baking. She also organised, prepared, and delivered activity packs and worked with young carers to start ‘Y-Fit’, a program designed to promote staying active during lockdown.
Egija continued to raise awareness for young carers by hosting live social media sessions and joining live discussions with Welsh Parliament members to raise the young carers flag. She also worked with young carers to design and launch the Welsh Government National Young Carers I.D Card, as well as working with them to develop a Young Carers Animation that will be used as a tool to help Swansea identify ‘Hidden Young Carers’.
Additionally, Egija led a group of six young people to represent Wales in the global YMCA Youth-Led Climate Action Summit to develop a new initiative to tackle global issues. She worked above and beyond during lockdown and still powered through, always smiling and delivering the brightness her young carers needed.