Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) refers to any injury occurring to the brain after birth. Such injuries may be caused by accidents or from diseases or infections.

Headway House (Dumfries and Galloway) provides information, help and support, and is the regions only specialist organisation dedicated to helping people who have an acquired brain injury, their families and their carers. All referrals must come through relevant professionals such as GP/Practice nurse, Social Services, Psychological services, Acute DGRI, Headway Day Service, Headway Outreach Service, Headway Community Support Service, Rehabilitation Service, Speech and Language Therapy, Care Co-ordinators, Capability Scotland or Chest Heart and Stroke. Referral forms may be requested from the Headway Office by telephoning 01387 261 166 or by emailing For help and advice you can go to or contact them on their free helpline 0808 800 2244 or at

Our Advocates can help you to talk to other services by helping you:

  • To understand and make decisions about what is happening in your life.
  • Make sure that you understand what may be said to you or about you.
  • Speak on your behalf if you do not feel able to.
  • Help you to take control of your circumstances.
  • Protect your rights.
  • Find information for you and help you to make an informed choice.
“Thank you all, this service is a big help and takes the pressure off the people who need help.”