Nilla’s Story

I’m a single mom and my son is not with me at the moment…

Nilla is one of the many non-UK serving personnel who form part of the British Army. These include Service Personnel from the British Commonwealth and Gurkha Regiment. She moved to the UK last year to start her new career in the military.

Non-UK serving personnel experience a multitude of issues not faced by other serving personnel. The initial travel to the UK can be extremely costly, not to mention the costs of VISAs and other necessary documents to live and work in the UK.

Research by Forces in Mind Trust (2018) shows that the cost to bring a family member to live in the UK has risen exponentially since 2010, from around £200 to over £1,400 in 2017. Nilla is one of many who have experienced this issue.

I’m a single mom and my son is not with me at the moment since I started my training a year ago in the army and I am trying to get him here with me.

Starting a new job always comes with its challenges, but moving to a completely different country and having to leave your child behind to support them is inconceivable to many.

Nilla joined Serve and Protect Credit Union in October 2020. She was able to start saving from her monthly pay and build a healthy savings habit. However, she still required a loan to be able to fund the cost of a VISA for her son to join her here in the UK. Nilla was granted a loan, which in part helped her to be reunited with her son.

The finances that your establishment provided helped in getting his application done so I can see my baby again.

As a credit union, we are proud to play our part in supporting the Armed Forces Community, including non-UK serving personnel like Nilla. If you need help covering the cost of a VISA now or in the future, we are here to help you save, and there if you need to borrow.

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