Welcome to the Website of

Yorkshire & the Humber

Association of Neurological Organisations


YHANO is a collaborative group representing neurological 3rd Sector organisations in Yorkshire & the Humber region. YHANO was set up in 2009 building upon the experience of the original VOWNnet (Voluntary Organisations Workers in Neurology Network). Membership is open to any employee of neurological 3rd Sector organisations in the Yorkshire & Humber Region whose roles include a remit to influence health & social care service provision. Click here for contact details of member organisations.

Our Vision : ‘Engage, Explore, Educate’

Purpose :

‘Influencing, Informing, Innovating and Involving’

There is the potential for greater synergy between our national groups working together regionally to pool ideas and resources to make a difference locally:

  • As a whole YHANO is greater than the sum of its parts
  • As representatives of national bodies we can work together on common neurological issues and collectively influence regional health & social care services at a strategic level
  • As regional workers in the field we provide one another with peer support
  • Whilst providing stability in a period of great change, we provide flexibility to support statutory services across Yorkshire and the Humber
  • We  provide both small and large scale educational and awareness raising opportunities for those commissioning service provision, development and change
  • We provide tailor made educational opportunities for those working within the field of long term neurological conditions
  • We act as a liaison between services and their users and families

Key priorities :

1) YHANO works collaboratively to engage with commissioners and health & social care decision makers and strives to ‘engage and educate’.

2) YHANO provides neurological education for health & social care practitioners, building on existing model to evaluate and develop an ongoing education strategy

3) YHANO continues as an influential virtual network for Long Term Neurological conditions within Yorkshire and the Humber and aims to work alongside RNAs and the national Neurological Alliance