David's volunteering began by painting walls in a youth centre for the Prince's Trust. From there, he found a placement at a special school for children with profound and multiple disabilities, where he helped for a year with small groups reading, writing, and doing art and music.
His current volunteer commitments include advising the charity Scope on its production of a toolkit for managers of disabled volunteers (everything from practicalities of toilet access to broader, social inclusion issues); working with a south London charity, Moving On, which wants to set up an independent living centre for young disabled people; and his own start-up voluntary organisation, Disabled Interactive Social Club (Disc), in which he plans to bring together young disabled people for social events.
"I want to start up Disc because when I was younger I struggled to make friends and to find places to go with other young disabled people, and I think it's very important to be able to do that," he explains.
"Becoming a volunteer has changed my life, helped me make new friends and learn a lot of new skills. It's easier for me than getting a job. You are giving your time because you want to, and not because you have to, and it's to a worthy cause. I get huge satisfaction at the end of the day that I have helped someone out."
Interviews by Karen Gold