Exploring Expertise: Objects and their stories


The objects around us are intertwined with our feelings and experiences. Exploring our relationship with objects can help us tell our stories and give us a greater understanding of other people and ourselves.
Our Objects and Their Stories course demonstrates how objects can evoke, release and relieve emotions, can become a safe home for these feelings, and how a focus on objects can free the imagination and promote creative practices and relationships.
The focus of the training is work with children and young people, though the questions posed can be helpfully asked of anyone – young or adult, personal carer or professional worker.
This taster session will give you an insight to what the full course will cover. Those attending the course will be invited to share objects from their own lives. 
The Objects and Their Stories course has been developed from the innovative and pioneering work of Professor Mark Doel, building on successful pilots in Sheffield, London and New York and his original work on the Social Work in 40 Objects project. The training has been developed with support from Coram, and funding from the Hadley Trust and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.


Lisa Handy, Relationships, Sex and Health Education Training and Programme Manager, Coram Life Education

Lisa is the Relationships, Sex, and Health Education Training and Programme Manager for Coram Life Education. She’s a highly experienced Educator, Trainer, and Consultant with experience in working with and delivering relationships education to children and young people in care and training those who work with them. Lisa joined Coram in 2017 having previously worked for Brook, the NHS, the National Children's Bureau, and the Sex Education Forum.

Karey Taylor – advocate for the leaving care with confidence project and Independent Visitor coordinator.

Work with young people leaving care, helping them in getting the support that they want. As IV coordinator I manage a group of volunteers who visit young people in care. I recruit, train and supervise all volunteers and the matches.

I have a back ground in teaching, then worked in social housing managing hostels for single homeless women.


Social workers, kinship carers, foster carers, adopters, independent visitors, teachers, school support staff and anyone supporting children or vulnerable people.

For social workers, reflection on this session may contribute to your continuing professional development (CPD).


Telephone 020 7520 7520/0310

Email events@corambaaf.org.uk