About us

What is Joining the Dots?

Macmillan Joining the Dots County Durham is a free, personal service for people aged 18 and over who live or are registered with a GP within County Durham and have been diagnosed with cancer. We’re also there for friends, carers and relatives of any age too.

We can speak with you about your needs at a time and place that’s best for you. Our friendly team can support you with the following issues that may be affected during your diagnosis or that of someone you care for.

Even if you think you don’t need help and support right now, we can listen to you and make sure that you have the right information and support when you need it.

  • Family/relationship
  • Physical
  • Lifestyle/information
  • Emotional
  • Spiritual/religious
  • Practical/money

Macmillan Joining the Dots County Durham is a partnership between Durham County Council and Macmillan Cancer Support. The service is delivered by Wellbeing for Life.

Meet the Joining the Dots team

North Durham 
Claire Welsh, Joining the Dots Coordinator
Kelly Turnbull, Joining the Dots Facilitator
Karen Pattison, Joining the Dots Facilitator

East Durham
Chloe Shaw, Joining the Dots Coordinator
Derrick Smart, Joining the Dots Facilitator

South West Durham
Sonia Reay, Joining the Dots Facilitator
Emma Pattison, Joining the Dots Facilitator
Sue Smith, Joining the Dots Facilitator

"We can help with one to one support"

Meet the team

Claire Welsh

Joining the Dots Coordinator, North Durham

Chloe Shaw

Joining the Dots Coordinator, East Durham

Derrick Smart

Joining the Dots Facilitator, East Durham