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About On With Life

Welcome to our ‘On With Life’ Programme, which is a new Brain Injury Family and Friends Support Network. Our ambition is to establish a network of support groups all over the country, thanks to funding approved by the Government and the Dormant Accounts Fund.

We understand

We know that caring for a loved one with brain injury can be difficult without any help or support. Many family members and friends are thrust into the role of carer without warning. In addition, many of you may also be looking out for the health and wellbeing of other family members. Or you may have a job outside the home. Juggling all of these challenges is not easy. We’re here to help you get ‘On With Life’.

The benefits to you

  • Our brain injury support network will give you an opportunity to share the reality of living with an acquired brain injury in the family, in a safe place.
  • We will provide you with information on steps to take to keep yourself physically and emotionally healthy.
  • We will share tips on how to meet family needs or juggling your job.

Remote support during the Coronavirus

  • During this period of social distancing, isolation and restricted movement, we are here for you to give you support when you need it most.
  • While our face to face groups are temporarily cancelled in line with national guidance to cancel gatherings, you can call us for one-to-one support by phone or video call.
  • Call Dolores Monday to Friday between the hours of 11am to 1pm or 2pm to 4pm on 086 010 2361.

Our expertise at your fingertips

Acquired Brain Injury Ireland believes in a person-centred approach. This means we pay attention, not only to the needs of brain injury survivors but also to the needs of family carers and friends. We have learned  a lot about what helps a family carer carry on this valuable role and how carers need support too. We are here to share this information with you to help you understand more about brain injury and the new life you are currently living.

Who can attend?

On With Life is open to family members of brain injury survivors living with an acquired brain injury. You may already be linked into our services and now wish to avail of our new brain injury support groups. Or joining our On With Life support group network may be your first introduction to Acquired Brain Injury Ireland. You are all welcome.

How do I join?

Get in touch with our Brain Injury Support Network co-ordinator Dolores Gallagher on dgallagher@abiireland.ie or call 086-0102361.

On With Life Digital

To stay in touch with all our support group members we are in the process of setting up a Facebook support group for members only. Additionally we are looking into the option of video group calls to bring our support groups online, depending on member preferences.

Please Note: Our On With Life face to face support group meetings are postponed until further notice:

25th February, 24th March and 28th April, 7.30pm-9.00pm

29 Cahereens West, Castleisland, Co Kerry, V92 AF53.

11th March and 8th April, 7.30pm-9.00pm

Silver Arch Resource Centre, 52 Silver Street, Nenagh. E45 P624.

13th February, 12th March and 9th April, 11.00am-12.00pm

Clonmel Community Resource Centre , Kickham Lodge, Kickham Street, Clonmel, Co Tipperary.

3rd March and 6th April, 7.30pm-9.00pm

Meeting held at the Irish Wheelchair Association Unit 1, Block D, Corlurgan Business Park, Cavan, H12 W667.

4th March and 1st April

CRANOG HSE Resource Centre, Bree, Castleblayney, A75 XW77.

4th March and 1st April, 11.00am-1.00pm

Claremount Stadium, Commons Road, Navan. C15 TX9T.

13th February, 12th March and 9th April, 7.00pm-8.00pm

St Patrick’s Parish Centre, Loughboy, R95 RF97.

10th March and 14th April, 7.30pm-9.00pm

St Peter and Paul’s Parish Centre, Dublin Road, Portlaoise, R32 FH67.

3rd March and 7th April, 10.30am-12.00pm

Acquired Brain Injury Ireland Clubhouse, Applegreen Service Station, Drinagh, Wexford Y35 HD9X

24th February, 30th March and 28th April, 7.30pm-9.00pm

O’Meara house, Ballincurra Road, Limerick, V94 Y9WC

2nd March and 6th April, 10am-12pm

Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, Unit 12 Tracklands Business Park, Clonroad More, Ennis, Co Clare, V95 TF95

Starting 26th March 2020 from 10am to 11.30am.

Join us at the De La Salle Pastoral Centre, St Patrick’s Church Grounds, Wicklow Town, A67 AE37.

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Read inspiring stories from ABI survivors, their carers & healthcare professionals. Click here.
Click here to see our tips for family members

This project was approved by Government with support from the Dormant Accounts Fund

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Quotes from families and friends living with acquired brain injury in the family

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“I no longer feel I’m left in the dark about brain injury thanks to support from Acquired Brain Injury Ireland”

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“I’m not usually good at asking for help. Knowing where to turn makes it easier”

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“I feel more like a nurse than a partner”

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“I need to learn the coping skills required to deal with the daily trials of supporting my husband”

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“Acquired Brain Injury Ireland has supported me and my family with practical information and strategies in a caring and thoughtful manner”

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“Getting a better understanding of what a person goes through after acquiring a brain injury is important so I can show more understanding”

To learn more about our On With Life Brain Injury Family and Friends Support Network contact Dolores Gallagher at dgallagher@abiireland.ie or 086-0102361

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