Money Gym blog
Our Money Gym blog smashes through through money myths, breaks through the pain barriers of financial jargon, and cools things off with handy tips to save you money.
Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs) are often advertised as an easy way to free yourself from debt. But before deciding on this route, it’s important to understand the drawbacks too.
Leaving the Armed Forces can have a huge impact on all areas of your life, including your finances. Planning ahead now can make the transition easier.
A County Court Judgement needs to be taken seriously. But by taking some proactive steps, you can limit the damage, and get your back on the front foot.
As a military spouse and member of the credit union’s staff team, I know first-hand the benefits of membership for armed forces families.
An occasional bet or poker round probably won’t do you much harm. But when it comes to gambling, how much is too much?
Most of us have heard of credit scores, and know they can impact the outcome of a loan application. But do you know what yours is and how to check it?
Sometimes you might need support or independent advice that we can’t provide. The organisations below provide advice, guidance and, in some cases, financial support. Please bear in mind that these external organisations are not endorsed, or affiliated with, Forces Finance. We are unable to guarantee the availability or reliability of their services, nor are we able to deal with them on your behalf.
Royal British Legion
The Royal British Legion supports thousands of serving and ex-serving personnel every year. It can provide specialist compensation advice, help with debt and emergency situations, and can support you through grant applications.
A free and confidential telephone helpline and email service that provides support for serving (regulars and reserves), ex-Forces and for their families. SSAFA is outside of the military chain of command, will listen and we will not judge.
Help for Heroes
Help for Heroes provides support for serving personnel, veterans and family members.
If you are living with anxiety and stress, are struggling financially, or just need a listening ear, we can help. Start your recovery journey today.
The National Gambling Helpline provides confidential information, advice and support for anyone affected by gambling problems in England, Scotland and Wales. Speak with an Adviser one-to-one over the phone or via live chat every day of the year, 24 hours a day.
Step Change provides the UK’s most comprehensive debt advice service, with over 25 year’s experience.
It offers free debt advice that is based on a comprehensive assessment of your situation. It can then provide provide practical help and support for however long it is needed.
National Debtline is a charity providing free advice and resources to help you deal with your debts.
You can access National Debtline by phone, webchat, or get advice through the website.
Army Families Federation
The Army Families Federation (AFF) is the independent voice of Army families and works hard to improve the quality of life for Army families around the world. It can provide advice on finances, housing, pay and other aspects of Army life.
Royal Naval Association
The Royal Naval Association is committed to supporting Naval veterans, serving personnel and their families by offering community and guidance on a local, national and international level. When times are tough, we can help you find the right support services.
RAF Benevolent Fund
The RAF Benevolent Fund provides support for former and serving members of the RAF, their partners and dependent children. Support includes grants to help with financial difficulty and getting about inside and outside the home, specialist advice on benefits and support with care needs.
Briefings & Site Visits
We are always happy to brief your unit on what we have to offer, and share some basic tips on good personal financial management. Typically, we can do this as part of:
- Meetings or one-to-one briefings with key personnel
- Attending a Health or Well-being Fayre
- Organising a workshop-style briefing for personnel
- Taking part in training events or other activity.
Visits and events can be organised in person or virtually, and are free of charge (subject to staff availability). To submit your request, use the form below, and we will respond in 1-2 days.
Request a Briefing or Visit
If you are a commanding officer, padre or organising an event, we would love to discuss how we can support your unit. You can contact us using your details below.