BME Cancer Focus Group in Bolton

A focus group is being held in Bolton for the black and minority ethnic community to share their experiences of cancer and help shape future services.

The focus group event is open to anyone in the BME community who has been affected by cancer.

It will take place on Wednesday, 13th March 2019, at the Asian Elders Resource Centre, 61 Northfield Street, Bolton Bl3 5JH, 12pm-1.30pm

The event is being held by the Bolton Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service and The Living with & beyond Cancer team.

Sue Summerfield, Manager of Bolton Cancer Information & Support Service said: “Bolton has an ethnically diverse population, therefore it’s important that we recognise this and ensure everyone has knowledge of what’s available.

“We would like to hear about people’s experiences to develop our cancer services for the BME community in Bolton. We want to know how we can provide the BME community with the best support possible. We also want to know if there are any barriers to accessing the information service and if people know about the Living with & Beyond Cancer project.

“So please come along to our event. Everyone is welcome and no specialist knowledge or experience is needed.”

The Macmillan Living With and Beyond Cancer Project in Bolton aims to ensure that all those diagnosed with, and/or treated for cancer, are consistently offered all elements of the Recovery Package via a standardised approach, and therefore are also providing an equitable service to all.

To find out how the service can help you, drop in to Royal Bolton Hospital Monday-Friday 9:30am-4:30pm, Bolton One, Monday – Friday, 9am – 4:30pm; or Giles House at Bolton Hospice, which is open for drop-in on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-4pm.Opening times do vary at Giles House – so please ring ahead before making a special journey.

To book a place please contact the MCISS team on 01204 462 442 or for more information go to: www.boltonmacmillansupport.org.uk/

The Bolton Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service (MCISS) was formed as a result of a partnership between Macmillan, Bolton Hospice, and NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group.

The Bolton People Affected by Cancer user involvement group has also been fully involved in every aspect of developing the service.

In 2018, the service won an Integration Excellence Award from Macmillan Cancer Support for its ‘exceptional integrated partnership’.

As a result of this pioneering partnership, anyone in Bolton can now access the very best cancer support, from benefits advice to walking groups.

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