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Imagine if you could go back in time and know then what you know now. Wouldn’t it be great?

Over the last month, teens in care and care leavers from all over the UK have been taking part in our #dearyoungerme campaign by writing postcards to their younger selves. They’ve shared some wonderful, inspiring and heartfelt messages, words of encouragement, and advice – all the things they wish they’d have known earlier. Their messages touch on a wide range of themes, including relationships, confidence, stigma, education and mental health.

Here is a selection of the best postcards below around the theme of ‘relationships’.

You should be more proud of yourself. Try to open up more. Try to get along with your carer. The future is in your favour. You can get through. Hold on tight.

Don’t make stupid decisions and don’t actually get a boyfriend. Stay in school and go to collect and university.

I would tell my younger me to get better friends and don’t fall for pranks and horrible and weird boyfriends.

It’s not your sister’s fault and life will get better. Be yourself, stay positive and do what’s right for you.

I wish that when I was younger I thought before I spoke and treat people how I would like to be treated.

You will meet loads of people and they are friendly and make you become one of their family.

Don’t listen to social services. Don’t listen to what others say.

Thank you to everyone who took part in this campaign. Join the discussion on Twitter and Instagram using #dearyoungerme.

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