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Our work in the Black community

Black men are more likely to get prostate cancer than men of other ethnicities.
1 in 4 Black men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives. We don’t fully understand why Black men have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer and we are investing in research to try and find more answers.

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We need your help to ensure that Black men in your community are aware of their risks, know their rights to accessing services and are empowered to take responsibility and control of their health. You can play a massive role in changing the future of Black men’s health.

Last year we launched Partnering for Progress and identified three key priorities:

Research into prostate cancer in Black men

It’s through research we know that 1 in 4 Black men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives, but we don’t know why this is and it’s vital that we know more.

We invest in research to better understand the risk factors for prostate cancer, including ethnicity. We also carry out specific research to understand how prostate cancer impacts on the mental and physical wellbeing of Black men affected by the disease, and how you access services so that we can ensure you receive the care you need.

We are conducting a review to determine the evidence that already exists about prostate cancer in Black men and to identify the gaps in knowledge that further research should aim to address. From this review, recommendations will be made to prompt the research community to focus effort on research that will address the most important gaps identified.

We’ve recruited and trained a team of volunteer Research Champions to help us raise awareness about prostate cancer, talk to men about what research is and the benefits and hope it can bring, and how the community can get involved.

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Help us raise awareness of prostate cancer in your community

We work with ambassadors and community stakeholders to raise awareness of prostate cancer in Black men and lift the issue higher on the nation's health agenda. With your help we can keep raising the profile of prostate cancer even higher.

Last year we launched media campaigns specifically targeting the community, to inform Black men about prostate cancer and their rights to accessing services. It's our mission to empower them to take control of their health.

We have partnered with several community organisation and individuals to deliver prostate cancer events in their community through our Partnering for Progress Community Grants Programme. Now we need support from the community to continue this story and tell more Black men about prostate cancer, their risk, their rights and where they can go to for support.

Find out more about raising awareness and volunteering for Prostate Cancer UK.

Book a talk from Prostate Cancer UK for an event you're hosting.

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About Partnering for Progress

Partnering for Progress was launched last year at a summit we delivered in partnership with four Black community organisations (100 Black Men of London, African Health Policy Network, Association for Prostate Awareness and the Friends of The Caribbean). Through discussion with community representatives, we identified the three key priorities for addressing prostate cancer in Black men and are now working with three stakeholder Action Groups to deliver these.

If you are interested in hearing more about this work, future opportunities and how you can get involved, please contact our African & African Caribbean Project Manager, Tony Wong, at africancaribbean@prostatecanceruk.org

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Community Engagement Funding Round - Open for applications

Funding Strand One: Community Awareness Research Study

We are conducting a Community Awareness Research Study to compare a variety of community-based settings that engage members of the Black community in order to assess their suitability for raising awareness of the increased risk Black men have of developing prostate cancer.

As part of our Partnering for Progress programme, we are seeking to award twenty community awareness research grants to the value of £250 to individuals or organisations working with or in the Black community to:

  • Incorporate prostate cancer awareness talk(s) (delivered by a trained Prostate Cancer UK volunteer; subject to availability) within an existing event opportunity in a community-based setting that engages members of the Black community.
  • Gather evaluative data about audience understanding of prostate cancer risks, symptoms, tests and sources of further information and support.
  • Feedback on their experience of securing the talk(s) opportunity within their chosen community setting such as receptiveness, logistics, challenges, and the potential for further talk opportunities.
  • Encourage their audience to be kept informed about prostate cancer through signing up to Prostate Cancer UK’s regular communications.

If you have strong links with the Black community and community-based settings, and would like to contribute time and effort towards the delivery of this research study, please complete all sections of the application form and submit to Prostate Cancer UK by 9am on 01 October 2014 either by email:

africancaribbean@prostatecanceruk.org or post to Jolynne De Souza, Prostate Cancer UK, Floor 4, The Counting House, 53 Tooley Street, London SE1 2QN.

Please read the Community Awareness Research Study timescales prior to submitting an application form.

Funding Strand Two: Community Engagement & Empowerment Pilot

We are inviting applications from individuals, community groups and organisations that have strong links to the Black community through delivery of their own core activities, or through their partners to work with us in partnership. Your role will be to deliver and test a proposed model for its effectiveness in raising awareness amongst this key audience and empowering Black men to take control of their health. The key aims of the pilot are to establish the following:

  • What type of community group/organisation has the ability to engage with a significant number of people from the Black community to deliver key prostate cancer messages?
  • What type of activity is the most effective for educating Black men about prostate cancer, and empowering them to improve their prostate health behaviour e.g. seeking further information or speaking to their GP?
  • What type of delivery model is most effective in engaging the Black community, particularly men.

Who can apply?

We are interested to hear from interested parties who:

  • hold established relationships with key stakeholders within the Black community, either directly or through partnership working.
  • are able to reach a substantial number of people from the Black community, especially men.
  • have experience of delivering significant and successful programmes of work from inception through to full completion.
  • have experience of effectively monitoring and evaluating significant programmes of work.

There are no restrictions on the type of individual, community group or organisation that can apply. However we would be particularly interested to hear from applicants that are or have strong links with Black barber shops/hair salons or faith groups, due to the high numbers that can potentially be reached through these settings. However, we welcome applications from any applicant that serves the Black community and can achieve the aims of the pilot.

What we can provide?

  • An award of up to £2,500 to support the delivery of your prosposal (increased to up to £5,000 in exceptional cases)
  • Support in developing and refining the scope of your proposal
  • Support in developing your evaluation framework
  • Prostate Cancer UK literature
  • Prostate Cancer UK speaker volunteer(s) (subject to availability)

If you are interested in applying, please read the Community Engagement & Empowerment Pilot Guidance Notes and complete a Tender Submission Form

Completed Tender Submission Forms should be sent to Tony Wong, African & African Caribbean Project Manager at tony.wong@prostatecanceruk.org, or posted to Tony Wong, Prostate Cancer UK, Floor 4, The Counting House, 53 Tooley Street, London SE1 2QN.

The deadline for submission of your proposal is 9am on Tuesday 30 September 2014.

If you have any questions about the Community Engagement & Empowerment Pilot, please contact Tony Wong using the email address provided above.