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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.
  • You can also find out about our network of regional online support groups – Download our brochure here.
  • 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.

Resources for Families and Carers

A Practical Toolkit for Carers

with Dr Eddie Murphy

Together with Dr Eddie Murphy, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland has compiled a practical video toolkit for families and carers.

Referrals to our services

If you would like to find out more about referring your loved one to our services, you can download our Referral pack.

On With Life Guidebook for Families and Carers

Download our On With Life Guidebook, developed for those caring for a loved one living with an acquired brain injury. The book includes information about brain injury, tips about managing physical and emotional health and practical coping strategies.

Information about Acquired Brain Injury

A brain injury affects not only the person injured but the whole family. We’re here to provide more information about acquired brain injury, its signs and symptoms, and how to support your loved one.

Online Support Groups

We now have eight monthly Online Support Groups available for family and friends of those living with an acquired brain injury.

Family Experience of Brain Injury: Surviving, Coping, Adjusting

By Jo Clark-Wilson and Mark Holloway

Mark Holloway is a qualified independent brain injury case manager with more than 20 years’ experience working with individuals and families affected by acquired brain injury. He has worked together with Acquired Brain Injury Ireland to support members of the On With Life program.

Events and Opportunities for Families and Carers

may, 2021

2021fri01jan11:00 amfri31dec(dec 31)12:00 pmMindfulness for Carers with Susan Barrettwith Susan Barrett

2021sun28mar(mar 28)11:59 pmfri31dec(dec 31)11:59 pmAcquired Brain Injury Ireland Legal Advisory Sessionswith Ann McGarry

2021wed05may7:30 pm8:30 pmFour-week Educational Programmefor Families and Carers

2021thu06may12:30 pm1:00 pmChair Yogawith Emer Duffy

2021thu13may12:30 pm1:00 pmChair Yogawith Emer Duffy

2021sat15may7:30 pm8:30 pmFour-week Educational Programmefor Families and Carers

2021thu20may12:30 pm1:00 pmChair Yogawith Emer Duffy

2021thu27may12:30 pm1:00 pmChair Yogawith Emer Duffy

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

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

“I no longer feel I’m left in the dark about brain injury thanks to support from Acquired Brain Injury Ireland”
“I need to learn the coping skills required to deal with the daily trials of supporting my husband”
“I’m not usually good at asking for help. Knowing where to turn makes it easier”
“Acquired Brain Injury Ireland has supported me and my family with practical information and strategies in a caring and thoughtful manner”
“I feel more like a nurse than a partner”
“Getting a better understanding of what a person goes through after acquiring a brain injury is important so I can show more understanding”

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