The Macmillan Preston Area Cancer Engagement (MPACE) project will engage with local BAME (Black, Asian, minority ethnic and dual heritage) communities, health and social care and third sector organisations to identify gaps and prioritise areas that need to change. 

The MPACE project will also help provide more personalised care and ensure people living with cancer are represented and the implementation of any service change reflects their views and needs. 

A pioneering new project is being launched to ensure Preston’s BAME community play a part in shaping local cancer support and improve patient outcomes. Macmillan Cancer Support, is working in partnership with Lancashire BME Network to deliver the three-year scheme. They will collaborate with other local organisations, including Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service, Cancer Help Preston and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals.

The MPACE team will also work closely with key local grassroots organisations –
Fishwick Rangers, Kind Communities and Windrush Initiative CIC. 

The aims/objectives of MPACE are to bring about both system and behaviour change.The whole topic of cancer must feature more prominently in the community in which people of colour reside. Through raising the awareness of what services are available via a trusted partner (delivery partners) the project has the basis to begin the conversation and MPACE can carry some hope of change.

· Influence the development of culturally competent cancer support​
· Establish cancer champions​
· Ensure the voices of local people inform the development of cancer services and improve cancer outcomes​
· Help Macmillan and NHS to better understand the experience and needs of the BAME community around cancer care, personalisation and best practice for engagement