New support group for Wicklow!
At Acquired Brain Injury Ireland we are delighted to announce the launch of a new brain injury support group in Wicklow called On With Life. This group is for family and friends caring for a loved one with a brain injury.
Families need support too
When a brain injury happens, it can be devastating, both for the individual and for their families. It can put lives on hold while people undergo intense rehabilitation to relearn things, they used to do without thinking. Relationships are an essential part of any brain injury recovery.
What our experts say
Catherine Lacey is our Community Case Manager in East Wicklow and she strongly encourages family members and carers to come along to our new On With Life group. She said: “At Acquired Brain Injury Ireland we recognise the importance of supporting family and friends as they learn to cope with the challenges after a brain injury. Our new brain injury network On With Life is here to support families in Wicklow by providing information, guidance and support on this journey. Living with and caring for someone with a brain injury is a life-changing event. We are here to say, you are not alone.”
When can I join the Wicklow support group?
- Date: 26th March
- Time: 10am to 11.30am
- Location: De La Salle Pastoral Centre, St Patrick’s Church, Wicklow town
Who should attend?
Our On With Life support network is growing with groups all around the country. These groups are family members and carers who are caring for a loved one with a brain injury. On With Life is open to all family members of brain injury survivors living with an acquired brain injury in Wicklow. Attendees do not have to be previously involved with Acquired Brain Injury Ireland services. All are welcome.
Be part of On With Life
Our On With Life Support Group Co-ordinator Dolores Gallagher has met with many families who are learning to cope after brain injury. She highly recommends joining a support group like On With Life so you can meet other people going through similar experiences as well as having access to expert guidance from our services.
Thrust into the role of carer without warning
She said : “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 for you
Here are some of the benefits of joining the On With Life support network:
· opportunity to meet people who understand what you’re going through and share the reality of living with an acquired brain injury in the family, in a safe place
· receive information on steps to take to keep yourself physically and emotionally healthy.
· receive practical guidance how to meet family needs or juggling your job
Support for brain injury survivors
Our On With Life support groups are part of our family support services. If you are a brain injury survivor in need of support, please get in touch with our local services near you.
Thank you to our funders
The On With Life project was approved by Government with support from the Dormant Accounts Fund. Acquired Brain Injury Ireland is the nation’s leading provider of community-based rehabilitation for people with acquired brain injuries. For more information about our On With Life support groups see www.abiireland.ie/on-with-life
Scale of brain injury in Ireland
Every year in Ireland an estimated 19,000 new brain injuries are acquired from causes including stroke, road traffic accidents, brain tumours, falls and assaults. Brain injuries can happen to anyone at any age at any time. If you would like to know more about our neuro-rehabilitation services near you – Get In Touch.