OPUS is a voluntary support group for orthotic and prosthetic users and their families. We spoke to Chairman Sandra Staffiero and Social and Support Co-Ordinator Jane MacLaren about the group's work.

Can you explain what OPUS is and how you came to be involved?

OPUS is a voluntary support group working alongside the RNOH Stanmore’s Trust for all Orthotic and Prosthetic users, their families, carers and supporters. Our aim is to provide an effective forum for all users and their families and carers of the RNOH Stanmore’s Orthotic and Prosthetic Departments. We want to establish a network of peer support alongside a positive working relationship between users, the Centre and the Trust and to provide an opportunity for users to give feedback, input their ideas and voice any concerns they might have about services provided by the Centre.

We have a 'Listening Buddy' scheme where users, family and friends can request to speak to a Listening Buddy by contacting OPUS by email or by referral from a medical or clinical professional.

What events have you got planned over the coming months?

  • Wheelchair Dance at Aspire Leisure Centre on Fridays from 1pm until 2pm
  • Buttercup Walk – Sunday 25th June at RNOH Stanmore run by the charity – OPUS will be present raising awareness
  • Big Meet Up - Saturday 21 October at Battleaxes, Elstree from noon......everyone welcome along with their families and friends.

What's the best way for people to keep up to date with your work and/or get involved?