Five minutes with...town councillor Sonia Browne
PUBLISHED: 09:45 16 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:53 16 May 2018
We spent five minutes getting to know town councillor Sonia Browne, who works for the Citizens Advice Bureau and is also studying towards degree in law.
• Please could you introduce yourself
I’m Sonia Browne, I work as an Advice Champion and Debt Specialist with the Help Through Crisis Project at the Citizens Advice Bureau in the Diss and Thetford offices.
I have been a Diss Town councillor for over five months, the newest councillor in office.
At present I sit on three of the main Council committees - Community Engagement, Heritage & Facilities, and Infrastructure.
Within these committees I am involved with various projects through these committees including the Neighbourhood Plan, Youth Council, Diss Carnival and supporting Diss traders.
• Why did you decide to become a town councillor?
I decided to become a councillor to partially use the knowledge and experience that I gained to support our community as well as providing a voice for those who may feel that they do not have one.
• Have you always lived in Diss and if not what brought you here?
No, I’m originally from London, I have travelled and lived across the UK and abroad. My family love Diss’s location and community and we have made our roots here.
• What’s the best thing about being on the council?
Meeting and working together with so many people from different walks of life and being a part of ongoing processes to support Diss and her parishes.
• When not busy with council business what are you doing?
I am a student studying a part time degree in law. I work with the Citizens Advice with people in crisis. I also volunteer my time as a governor at the local high school sitting on the Curriculum committee and as the school’s Responsible Officer.
• What’s a typical day like for you?
No two days are the same. At work I could be located at various locations in South Norfolk or the Breckland area, advocating and negotiating for clients. I feel incredibly humbled by the work that I do and the incredible people that I work and volunteer with.
Outside of work I enjoy baking cakes to share with friends and family, Hatha and Ashtanga yoga, crochet and continued learning.
• What do you love about Diss?
I love the ducks, the shops, the Mere, but most of all the community spirit.
• Cats or Dogs?
Ooh, I love them both - cannot choose between the two.
• What are you reading at the moment?
Clarkson and Keating - Criminal Law
• Tea or coffee?