Three women sitting in a circle in a cancer support group

Launching the Macmillan community innovation project

Published : 11/05/23 | Categories: Influencing | News |

On the 24 April 2023, we launched the new ‘Macmillan community innovation project’, hosting our first official project advisory board meeting.


The Macmillan community innovation project is being run in partnership with WCVA and Macmillan Cancer Support. We want to understand why certain communities aren’t utilising cancer services, how this may be improved, and how the voluntary sector could further support this effort.

Getting the right support at the right time is vital for people with cancer, and this project aims to help everyone with cancer to access the information and support services they need, when they need them the most.

On 24 April 2023 we were really pleased to officially get the project underway with partners as we hosted the first project advisory board meeting.


 The Wales Cancer Improvement Plan 2023–2026 has the goal of improving cancer patient outcomes and reducing health disparities. Our goal is to collaborate with groups to investigate why they might not be engaging, come up with solutions, and help increase service access.

Working with the voluntary sector, we’ll be using participative approaches to understand the barriers and opportunities to accessing services. We’ll use the research to make recommendations to Macmillan to help ensure everyone in Wales can benefit from the services available to them.

The project will be split into five stages, it commenced in January 2023 and will conclude in January 2025.


 We want to hear your thoughts about how people and communities engage with cancer services. If you are interested in finding out more or want to get involved, please contact:

Eleanor Jones

Macmillan Community Innovation Manager

02920 436597

Macmillan continues to do everything they can to help.  If you have been affected by cancer and need advice, information, or a chat, you can call Macmillan for free on 0808 808 0000 or visit

You can find out more by visiting our project page.

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