Berenice Smith, founder and curator of
Walk In Our Shoes

 

About

Walk In Our Shoes began as a project created on a Masters in Graphic Design and Typography degree at Anglia Ruskin University. The project gained a distinction. After graduation and a year of research, the site grew with contributions through support groups such as Gateway Women and The Dovecote. In 2017, this new name and site was launched with careful consideration to the content and design ethos. We take great pride in keeping our site confidential and creating a safe space free from harmful comments.

Walk In Our Shoes is a social design space created to bridge the gap between those who have children and society that can misjudge by sharing positive stories and suggesting solutions. The site publishes real accounts of adversity and strength from men and women who have undergone loss to help others, and friends, family and colleagues. We welcome guest posts for our blog, publicity for like minded groups and support services. We are not a support group but know of many resources and we are happy to tell you about them here.

Walk In Our Shoes owes a great debt to supportive friends. In particular I thank the souls (with amazing shoes), my dear friend Sue and her family and supportive colleagues, and Gateway Women. Without them, I would not have known that women and men can find friendship and hope after loss. It is there, and Walk In Our Shoes is here to help you find it.

My husband, Kenny, and I are childless, having suffered recurrent miscarriages and taken six rounds of painful IVF. We live in Cambridge with our rescue dog Molly and can often be found on the beaches of Norfolk and the West Country. I am a designer, printmaker and published author. My design practice is Hello Lovely.  

For press enquiries please use the contact form. I welcome media enquiries and there is a press pack on request supported by professional photography.

Here is a summary of the extensive research and workshop notes.

Media

I also give talks on Walk In Our Shoes on the design concept, research and/or social implications.  Here is the link to the presentation on adversity, delivered to the Cambridge Business Women's network at their June 2017 meeting. 

I have contributed to articles in the media including the Guardian, Daily Mail and Trinity Mirror.  Please contact me for further details and professional headshots taken by Onur Pinar.  

Guest posts

Walk In Our Shoes often features guest posts from like minded people who share the similar ethos of hope and inspiration.  The site welcomes contributions from authors in the field of loss and involuntary childlessness, events, healing, managing grief and recognised therapies. We love to hear from fellow bloggers and those who run support groups as our ethos is one of sharing.

Articles are around 500 words minimum, written in English, your original work and sent to us in Word (contact the site for our email address). Your work maybe edited prior to publication. Images that are Creative Commons must have source details and supplied as PNG files. 

Why write for Walk In Our Shoes?
You will have a featured post, reach out to our growing audience and link backs to your site and social media accounts. Here are is  a link for details of why guest blogs are useful.

Any content that is sponsored will be clearly defined as this. Walk In Our Shoes is a not-for-profit site, run on a voluntary basis.