Applying for Services

Who can Apply?

  • We will accept a referral from you or your family member or carer or professional working on your behalf, providing there is evidence of an Acquired Brain Injury
  • Generally, you must be aged 18 and above. Some strands of our services are limited to those under 65 years, this is because of funding restrictions and service appropriateness. Any age restrictions will be outlined clearly with you.
  • You must also be medically stable - Headway does not administer or monitor any invasive medical procedures (e.g. feeding tubes, Foley catheters, injections etc.).
  • You must be motivated and able to engage with the process of rehabilitation. We encourage you to discuss any concerns with us, and our services will be fully explained to you and you will have an opportunity to ask any questions at a Needs Assessment.
  • Headway provides services for people whose main difficulty is their or their loved one’s brain injury and associated recovery. Each referral will be considered individually, but we do not usually work with people whose main difficulties are not related to their brain injury. Where the main difficulty is not clear from the referral form, we will invite you to attend a Needs Assessment and the decision regarding the most appropriate service(s) will be made following this assessment
  • Some people have complex needs which mean that our rehabilitation services are not necessarily appropriate. Where your needs are better met in another service (e.g. addiction treatment programme, mental health services, intellectual disability service, older adult/dementia service), we will provide you with information about appropriate agencies. In this situation, you may engage with Headway again in the future as soon as you are able to benefit fully from rehabilitation. 

Application forms

When you apply for services, we ask you to fill in one of the referral forms below available for download:

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.

2 Evidence of ABI

When we receive your form, we consult your medical records to obtain further information about the nature of your brain injury.

3 Initial Assessment

When we have established the evidence of ABI from your medical history or other sources, we invite you and a family member, carer, partner or other person who knows you well for an initial appointment with us. This is your chance to say what type of help you are looking for and our chance to meet you and establish how best we will be able to help you.


To apply for any of the Headway services listed here, telephone our Information and Support Helpline on 1890 200 278, email or use our
web contact form with your query.

As a client of Headway, What are My Rights?

This document explains your rights and responsibilities as a client of Headway Services