Brain Blog

Please find below our series of blog articles, expressing the personal views of our bloggers.

Moments of Calm

Posted on May 05, 2017 by Richard Stables


Headway clients have many talents. Martin Stelcik is an artist ( ) and teacher and also happens to have had an acquired brain injury from a stroke when he was just 32 years old. Suddenly his life was turned around. He lost his speech and he was left paralysed on the right side of his body. Although he had won his battle for life, at the time he could not see any future or hope, as he was unable to work, speak or move. A while after returning home from hospital, Martin started drawing, with his left hand. At first, he worked on his drawings just at home, and then he joined the art group based in the Gilbert Centre in Mallow. Art is his motivation. Drawing became his new way of life, helping him to overcome the difficulties of living with a disability. Now Martin has been in a position to share his passion and his skill with other brain injury survivors by facilitating a client-led art group. The video below shows some of the great work being done in the group. Enjoy a few moments of calm!

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Brain Awareness Week 2017

Posted on March 03, 2017 by Richard Stables

BAW 2017

This week (6th to 12th March) is Brain Awareness Week. Coordinated by the Neurological Alliance, the aim of the week is to raise awareness of neurological conditions, including brain injury. Headway is one of several organisations participating in this years campaign and there are things going on in each of our centres during the week. In our Cork service, family members have a dedicated day (Monday) with workshops on  Legal Matters, Pain Management, Nutrition, Yoga for all, Financial Matters, Life Planning, Resilience & Compassion fatigue and Mindfulness. In Limerick on Wednesday, an event "Living Positively with Brain Injury" takes place in the Health Hub, and in Dublin, the Headway Choir will sing on Tuesday afternoon at Heuston Station concourse. See the Headway events going on in your area.


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Inspiration for the New Year

Posted on January 13, 2017 by Richard Stables

Linda Brennan

Inspiration: Linda's Journey

Getting back to work is high on the list of milestones for many people in their recovery after brain injury.

Linda Brennan, who has been blind since birth, faced a few challenges on the way, but managed a successful return to work. Read how she did it here.

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Christmas Wishes

Posted on December 22, 2016 by Richard Stables

We'd like to wish all our clients, families, supporters and visitors a very happy Christmas and peaceful New Year!

Our offices are now closed for the Christmas Holidays. Our Information and Support Service will reopen on Tuesday 3rd January. For local office opening times, check with your local centre. You can also contact us through this form and we will respond after 3rd January.


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Christmas shopping cheer!

Posted on December 08, 2016 by Richard Stables


The Headway Dublin choir took to the streets last Saturday to entertain shoppers in St. Stephen's Green shopping centre. This has become an annual event in the Headway calendar, eagerly anticipated by the members of the choir. It's a chance to sing in public in a relaxed atmosphere and also to raise some profile and much needed funds for brain injury services. The video clip shows a short extract from one of the choir's favourites, "Silent Night".

Dublin shoppers proved to be most generous and the team, helped out by volunteers from Energia and also friends and family members, raised over 800 Euro during their stint!. Of course, it's not too late to donate, so if you'd like to support our work, go to


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Marc's Stone Owl

Posted on August 26, 2016 by Paula Larkin

Marc and Tommy Owl

Hello all, 

This is a short note from Marc, one of the graduates of the 2015-16 LTI programme here in Cork. During his time with Headway Marc has achieved many things, but one piece of work in particular stood out for all of us here, so we asked him to share the story behind it. Marc spent his 10 months on the LTI programme creating a stone sculpture of an owl - displaying a level of creativity, patience, calm, skill and dedication that impressed everyone who watched him at work with his block of stone and his tools. This was the first time Marc had ever worked with stone, or sculpting, and he clearly has a natural talent. Here's Marc in his own words. 



Marc's Owl

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Graffiti and BBQ at Carrigrohane.

Posted on June 03, 2016 by Paula Larkin


Hello from Headway Carrigrohane!

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From small seedlings...

Posted on April 05, 2016 by Richard Stables


No living thing ever stays the same. A seedling planted in earth and nurtured with water and light will grow into a healthy tree. Headway Cork have some sycamore seedlings to give to our clients or family members to plant as a reminder of the ever changing nature of growth and recovery. If you would like to be a part of this project, and would like to plant your own seedling, please contact Liz Owens in our Cork Centre for more information on 021 487 1303



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Operation Transformation 2016 - Part 2!

Posted on April 01, 2016 by Paula Larkin

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Hi all, 

Another update from the Operation Transformation team here in Headway Cork!

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Operation Transformation 2016

Posted on March 09, 2016 by Paula Larkin


Hi everyone, We are a group of clients on the LTI programme here in Cork who have been working really hard for the last few weeks on our own version of Operation Transformation 2016. With the support of our amazing volunteer Jenni Galvin, we have been attending Steve Dinan's FreshFitness gym in Togher, and LTI staff Emma has been helping us to cook healthy and delicious meals.

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