The Author - David John 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.
David’s writing career began in 2006 with the award-winning book; True Warrior.
True Warrior, focused on surviving epilepsy, corrective brain surgery, memory loss and abuse but he massively understated the extent and severity of the abuse, because, some of the abusers were still involved with David’s life and therefore he remained at risk. David went on to complete a follow-up book (2010) with a further two books being works in progress (2019). Educated in mainstream schools, David left school at the age of sixteen; determined to improve his circumstances, he returned to higher educational establishments and studied; Information Technology and GCSE Law. David continued with his vocational educational path by securing a grade of Distinction in Inspecting Housing Services (Chartered Institute of Housing) and progressed to a higher level, by studying for Managing Housing Services (Chartered Institute of Housing).
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 Independent Political Career began in 2010.
David was frustrated with mainstream politicians from all political parties not understanding the most vulnerable members of society and therefore David set out on his mission 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 in addition to being 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.
Survival Techniques and Management Strategising (epilepsy, brain injury, dementia, memory loss, sexual, physical and mental abuse survival) Advisory & Advocacy Services, Complaints Management & Conflict Resolution Services, Strategic; reviews, planning and implementation. SWOT analysis. Service User and Electorate Consultation, Diversity & Equality Awareness Reporting, Service Improvement and Community Development Reporting.