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 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.
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.
North East – Louth, Meath, East Cavan, Monaghan. 1st Wednesday of month from 10am-11am
North West. Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon & West Cavan. 3rd Thursday of the month from 2-3pm
East Coast. Wicklow, Dublin & Kildare. Last Thursday of month morning at 10-11am.
West Coast. Donegal, Mayo & Galway. Will run on the First Thursday of the month from 10am-11am.
South East. Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny & Carlow. Second Thursday of month at 7pm-8pm.
South West. Tipperary, Limerick, Kerry, Clare & Cork. Last Tuesday of month at 7.30pm-8.30pm.
Midlands. Laois, Offaly, Longford & Westmeath. 2nd Tuesday of month at 7.30pm-8.30pm.
Meath – (Navan) 11.00-1.00PM, First Wednesday of the month
TIPPERARY – (NENAGH) 7.30-9.00PM, SECOND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH
TIPPERARY – (CLONMEL) – 11AM-12PM, SECOND THURSDAY OF THE MONTH
CAVAN – 7.30-9.00PM, FIRST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH
MONAGHAN – 7.30PM-9.00PM, FIRST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH
MEATH – 11.00AM-1.00PM, FIRST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH
KERRY – 7.30-9.00PM, LAST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH
KILKENNY – 7.00-8.00PM, SECOND THURSDAY OF THE MONTH
LAOIS – 7.30-9.00PM, SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH
WEXFORD – 10.30AM-12.00PM, FIRST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH
LIMERICK – 10AM-12PM, MONDAY ONCE A MONTH
CLARE – 10AM-12PM, FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH
WICKLOW – 10AM-11.30AM, LAST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH
You might think that relaxation is all about doing nothing. During active relaxation, we choose to follow a process of relaxation on a regular basis with the aim of developing a skill that we can use anywhere/anytime.
To learn more about our On With Life Brain Injury Family and Friends Support Network , please download our Carers Guide Book
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”