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Day Resource Services

Day Resource Centre

A community where members work together towards a common goal of community re-integration

The ABI Ireland Day Resource Service is first and foremost a community. In a welcoming and supportive atmosphere, members are encouraged to develop new relationships and interests and to build creatively on their strengths and capabilities.


Day Resource or Day Rehabilitation Services provide a client-centred approach, combining a range of cognitive, social, educational creative and rehabilitative activities in a supportive environment. At ABI Ireland a holistic model of rehabilitation is followed for each individual’s rehabilitation plan. This ensures that all aspects of the individuals life is considered when devising the rehabilitation plan with them. The aim of the holistic model of rehabilitation is to enhance self-esteem, independence, community involvement and personal growth. It is a place for people to congregate, to be accepted and to work together towards the common goal of re-integration into the community.

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Members attend the Day Resource Service on a daily basis accessing the programmes of their choice. Some of the programmes available are:

  • Cooking
  • Yoga
  • Creative Writing
  • Gardening
  • Music
  • Cognitive Skills
  • Art
  • Computers
  • Drama

Services may take the form of a clubhouse, or other model of rehabilitation. Where a service takes the form of a clubhouse the members play an important role in the upkeep and running of the service.

They do this through conducting members meetings, producing a quarterly newsletter about the service and carrying out everyday household duties of the service maintenance.

Benefits of the Day Resource service

  • The Day Resource service is first and foremost a community. It is a place for people to congregate; a place where they are accepted for who they are.
  • It empowers individuals to take more responsibility by moving them away from an environment where treatment is administered to an environment where they can once again contribute to the community.
  • Emphasising the importance of self-determination, the Day Resource Service provides resources, support and advocacy to assist members in achieving their personal goals for community living
  • By rebuilding social relationships and offering training in lost skills, it encourages them to re-enter their communities

Side by Side

Our Side by Side Day Resource Service, located in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, is our biggest Day Resource Service Centre. Side by Side is an example of a clubhouse model of day service which provides those with an acquired brain injury a scheduled day filled with restorative activities that focus on their strengths and abilities. Clubhouse participants are called "members".The members and staff of the Clubhouse work side-by-side to manage all the operations of the Clubhouse; providing an opportunity for members to contribute in significant and meaningful ways.

The Side by Side Clubhouse is a place where people with acquired brain injury can belong as contributing adults, rather than passing their time as patients who need to be treated. The Clubhouse Model seeks to demonstrate that people with acquired brain injury can successfully live productive lives and work or contribute in the community.

How do I refer someone with an acquired brain injury?

Membership of the Day Resource service is determined, at least initially, through the referral process of ABI Ireland. If you think someone you know would benefit from the Day Resource Service or Side by Side, complete the referral form here.

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