Reunite Families UK

Jane Yilmaz

Yilmaz Family

Having lived as a family together in Turkey for 6 years, Jane returned to the UK in the summer of 2016 with her then 6 year old daughter.  Unfortunately her husband Altuğ could not join them until Jane could meet the financial requirements.  As a teacher, Jane did not think she would find it difficult to find a job to meet the requirements but with cuts in education and a daughter who was suffering emotionally without her father requiring referral to CAMHS, she was proved very wrong.  In 2017, Jane met Caroline who was experiencing different but similar problems with immigration rules and together they realised there must be so many more families affected like them. Their mutual aim was to provide a platform to bring people together so they could be many voices heard as opposed to just one. 

From here the campaign group Reunite Families UK was formed and it has since gone from strength to strength.  Jane oversees and maintains the general running of the campaign group with Caroline, has been instrumental in increasing membership and tries to reach out to as many members as possible to offer emotional support.

Jane, a qualified and experienced secondary school teacher with a history of working as a tennis coach too, has decided on a career change and is currently studying to becoming a Full Stack Web Developer.  When she is not working on the campaign group Jane can happily say after 2 years of separation her family are finally reunited and she enjoys spending time rebuilding her family life in Devon and being a taxi driver to her daughter’s endless activities!