About David Di Palma-
Born in 1968 David is a brain injury survivor and an abuse survivor (sexual, physical and mental abuse). David’s motto ‘To triumph over adversity is my greatest strength’ is reflective of his resilience and never quit attitude. David has kept diaries all throughout his life, the intricate and invaluable diaries detailing his experiences surviving; epilepsy, abuse, a brain injury and being an Independent Politician. Abusers frequently searched for David’s diaries in an attempt to locate and destroy the intricate works and catalogued evidence.
In 2017 David sought professional help with First Step (Leicester) and attended counselling sessions to overcome the lifetime of abuse. Unprompted, David travelled alone and revisited scenes of crime in the UK and Italy. David is determined to improve his personal and professional circumstances and continues to focus on inspiring other people to improve their personal and professional circumstances. David concluded counselling on 1/7/19.
David’s writing career began in 2006 with the award-winning book; True Warrior. For further details on this publication please visit radfordunited.com.
David furthered his educational knowledge with his vocational path by securing a grade of Distinction in Inspecting Housing Services from the Chartered Institute of Housing and progressed to a higher level, by studying for Managing Housing Services.
David’s Independent Political Career began in 2010.
David aims to ensure underrepresented groups are represented at every level of government.
In 2011 David was co-opted onto Glenfield Parish Council, in the Local Elections of 2015 he was elected to Glenfield Parish Council and elected to Braunstone Town Council. David was selected by his peers to become the candidate at Croft Hill (Blaby District); coming second.
In the Local Elections of May 2019 David defeated the Braunstone Town Mayor as the Independent Candidate for Winstanley Ward, Braunstone Town and was elected to Leicester Forest East Parish Council.
David works with a wide range of housing and service providers, community stakeholders and service users. His main goals are to support and develop the communities he has been elected to serve and to actively encourage service providers, community stakeholders , service users and individuals to better understand and improve their professional and personal circumstances, by embracing different techniques including S.W.O.T. Analysis, Reflective Practice and Personal Empowerment Processes.
David as a Councillor-
Councillor of Glenfield Parish Council between 2010 and 2016
Elected Councillor of Braunstone Town Council since 2015
Elected Councillor of Leicester Forest East Parish Council since 2019
Second Place candidate for Croft Hill in 2015(Blaby District Council)
Independent Candidate for Blaby District Council for Winstanley Ward defeating the Braunstone Town Mayor in 2019.
Committees served include the following-
Community Development. Planning & Environment Committee, Staffing Committee, New Lubbesthorpe Consultative Board, Wilson Bowden Consultative Board.
Specialist Subjects include- Community Development, Affordable Housing, Social Housing, Living with a Disability, Social Inclusion, Diversity & Equality.