DDHF work with the Area Action Partnerships in both Weardale and Teesdale and employ 1.5 WTE Community Wellness Coordinators who support the most vulnerable people in these rural communities.

The Wellness Coordinators work with members of the community, particularly vulnerable adults, to improve their health, safety and well-being by navigating them to appropriate services, supporting them to access these services and any appropriate funding, and delivering advice and support to their activities of daily living. The target group includes but is not limited to patients with complex long term health needs, depression, organic mental illness, and those who are at risk of social isolation.

The Community Wellness Coordinator provides information and practical support; introduces people to local services and providers; encourages people in different communities to work together; and coordinates and integrates packages of health and social care for their clients.