David Taylor

Homeless mentor and arts advocate

2016 NT Local Hero

For the past six years, David Taylor has provided 200 meals a day for Darwin’s homeless people. David runs the St Vincent de Paul Society's Knockabout Chefs program, training and mentoring homeless and at-risk people, refugees and those with learning difficulties, in commercial cookery. Some participants go on to work in commercial kitchens, while others learn valuable life skills, improve their English or build their self-esteem. With patience, love and care, David builds up people who are experiencing extreme hardship and disadvantage, and changes their lives, one at a time. While he’s a passionate ‘foodie’, David also devotes much time to Tracks Dance, a local dance organisation committed to developing people from diverse backgrounds. A committee member since 1999, David volunteers on stage as a performer, in wardrobe and prop production, or front-of-house management to support Tracks Dance in celebrating the stories, truths and diverse heritage of people in the Northern Territory.