Gary Hutton talks of being a product of a postcode about his life growing up in the East End of London and becoming a product of his environment. Gary is a survivor, and some of his experiences were not on the right side of the law - but to him it was the norm and along with his wits he survived. A street wise kid who knew no different.
This is a story of a young boy who was taught how to steal by the one person who should have been his role model and mentor - which eventually ended up with Gary being imprisoned. Whilst in prison, Gary did what he does best and survived, but struggled deeply with what was happening on the outside world, in particular his family.
He is now a man who does his best to help steer others in the right direction any way he can, through mentoring and talking to troubled young people heading down the same path he found himself on in his younger years. These talks are primarily given in schools and PRU’s (Pupil Referral Units). Gary also talks in adult prisons with an aim to help guide those on the verge of being released, giving them a renewed sense of self-worth to help prepare for life outside prison, and how to deal with staying on the straight and narrow. Gary's talks are hard hitting, but his ability to ‘connect’ with those in his company ensures he manages to strike a chord and plant seeds of change.
Not many could say they have lived such a life packed into 48 years but through all this, Gary has gone on to become an author, and four years ago founded his own Award Winning Charity, Product of a Postcode.
"The pupils talked about previous sessions and spoke to other students in the school about Gary, his story and some of the work that had been happening. This level of sustained engagement (5 weeks) was a challenge for the majority of pupils but the delivery method kept them engaged throughout. This gave the project an opportunity to embed the learning process around role models and positive/negative influences. This had a far greater impact than a stand-alone session could achieve"– Sara Norton, Careers & IAG, Aspire Academy
"Gary Hutton and his wonderful charity Product of a Postcode has been in to the library at Feltham young offenders a few times now and his talks are always interesting and inspirational. Gary has a way with the students and gets them on-board firstly by sharing his own story from childhood to becoming an adult, covering his own time spent being incarcerated"– Carol Cadden, Library Manager, HMP YOI Feltham
"I was lucky enough to be involved in a project in Feltham YOI being run by Fulham Football Club Foundation that Gary was delivering on. I was so impressed by his story that I shared it with other agencies within the prison and as a result Gary has now delivered over a dozen of his workshops. He has been involved in our Football, Rugby, Library and Education programmes. The library has made ‘Product of a Postcode’ readily available for loan and has been very well received by inmates and staff"– Michelle Glassup, NCS In-Custody Advisor, HMP YOI Feltham
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