Getting What You Need After A Brain Injury

Headway are here to help. We act as a lifeline to people in the community who are living with ABI. We provide a range of community rehabilitative services which give practical, psychological and social supports to people with ABI and their families. We also support our clients to explore further community training, educational and employment opportunities in accordance with their individual goals.

Our Services

People with a brain injury can experience a wide-range of life-altering consequences that can make it a difficult and sometimes frightening time for them and their families.

Headway are here to help both people with an ABI and their loved ones. We provide community rehabilitative services which give practical, psychological and social supports to people with ABI and their families. We also support our clients to explore further community training, educational and employment opportunities in accordance with their individual goals.

We develop plans in collaboration with our clients, and design them to reflect personal goals. Plans are reviewed regularly and adapted to suit evolving needs/goals. As the service is concerned with increasing independence, and encouraging meaningful engagement within the community, discharge is considered from the initial plan, taking account of needs and goals as well as available support systems, and the strengths and challenges being faced.

Many people maintain a long-term engagement with Headway services, perhaps with reducing levels of support over time and a phased and supported return to meaningful engagement with the community.

Decisions regarding transition through services and ultimately discharge are made by the rehabilitation team, including you and the family/support person, and reflect your needs, abilities and desired outcomes.

Overall, we aim to improve quality of life. All our programmes (brain injury speciality) are internationally accredited by CARF International.

Am I eligible?

If you have an ABI you can be referred to our services by a medical practitioner, family member, carer or you can self-refer. You must be between the age of 18-65. Each referral will be considered on an individual basis. Please note we do not usually work with people whose primary difficulties are not related to their brain injury.

If you have an ABI we will invite you to attend a Needs Assessment which gives our team a thorough understanding of you and your own individual needs. You will need to bring a family member, a friend, or a care worker with you to your needs assessment appointment.

The appointment will probably last for about one and a half hours. You will meet one of our psychology team, and one other staff member. They will talk to you about your injury, your life before the injury, and after it, and what they think we, at Headway, might be able to offer you in terms of our services available. If you then wish, you will be put on the waiting list for the recommended service until a vacancy or appointment becomes available.

Where individual’s needs are better met in another service (e.g. addiction treatment programme, mental health services, intellectual disability service, older adult/dementia service) we aim to signpost these referrals to most appropriate agencies.

How to apply

To access our services you, or the person assisting you, can fill out the form online, print it out, sign it and post to the address printed on the form.

Services in Dublin Application for services in the Dublin area (including North East and Midlands) for people with brain injury
Or Application form for counselling/family support (for people related to someone with brain injury)
Services in the Mid West Region
(Clare, Limerick, North Tipperary)
Application and Referral form for services in the Mid West
To ensure that your needs are appropriately met with the correct service, with your permission, the information on this form will be shared with the Mid West Referrals Committee. This committee is comprised of representatives from Headway, HSE, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (ABII) and the Community Neuro Rehabilitation Team (CRT). The purpose of this committee is to ensure that your needs are met with the correct service, which may be through any or a combination of the agencies listed.
Services in Co. Cork and Co. Kerry Application and referral form for services in Co. Cork for people with brain injury
and Application form for Family Support services (related to someone with brain injury)
Application form for County Kerry
Please note that applications for services in Co. Kerry are handled by a joint forum of agencies, including the HSE. You can find out more information about the ABI Forum here in this flyer.

Please remember to sign the form.

Waiting Times

We are currently seeing waiting times of approximately 10 months for a first appointment. We will update this guideline as it changes.

Once you receive your initial appointment you may have to wait for services to begin.  This depends on the service you are referred to as some services have longer waiting lists than others. You will be advised of an approximate waiting time when your recommended services are discussed with you at your initial appointment.

Other Supports & Services

  • Hospital Rehabilitation
  • Care & Caring
  • Health & Independence
  • Payments & Grants
  • Counselling & Psychology
  • Transport & mobility
  • Work & other activities
  • Financial and legal
  • Housing & Adaptation
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