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What was your dream for the future when you were a teenager? Whether it was becoming a rock star or leading your team to victory some teenagers just dream of having a safe place to call home.

In Cambridgeshire there are currently 369 teenagers who are looked after. We urgently need more local people to provide care and support for these young people enabling them to remain close to family, friends and their local communities. 

Could you join those households who have responded to our Team Cambridgeshire Foster Carer recruitment drive which we launched in September?

Through our Teenage Dreams campaign we are encouraging people to reflect on their own teenage dreams and aspirations and to think about whether they could guide a young person through their teenage years and help them to realise their own dreams.

Find out more about Join Team Cambridgeshire and how you can make a teenager’s dream come true today by giving a local young person a home at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/fostering

Boxing Futures in Peterborough uses the sport of boxing to have a positive impact on teenagers who have had a difficult start in life. Anthony York who runs the gym has been fostering for more than 10 years and is keen to encourage others to think about fostering teenagers.  You can see more here - https://youtu.be/JiWIl3qduNU

Ryan, 17, attends Boxing Futures and said, “I don’t know where I would be without my foster mum. She is the most important person in my life. She is there for me through everything - I don’t know where I would be without her.”

Councillor Simon Bywater, Chairman of the Children and Young People Committee, said, “When I was younger I really wanted to be a marine and thanks to the support of my family I was able to make this dream a reality joining the RM Commandos in 1985 and serving until 1991.”

“Fostering teenagers can be very rewarding as you can really see the difference that a supportive and stable home can make to a young person and help them to make their dreams a reality– whether that is gaining a place at university or getting their first job.”

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