A YOUNG volunteer has been developing new skills while helping his community.

Reece Childs, 15, has been working for the volunteer group Jolly Good Communities in Cudworth for two years now.

With them, he helps set up events while supporting their planning and delivery within the community.

Through this, the Outwood Academy Shafton pupil has developed a variety of new career skills, particularly improved organisational and financial awareness.

He said: “The first event which I took part in was the spring farmers’ market and I enjoyed it so much that I continued to volunteer for the following years.

“The most recent events, which mark two years’ volunteering with Jolly Good Communities, was this year’s farmers’ market and after that it is the Medieval Mayhem which is for two days in May.

“As well as this, I volunteer at school when they plan student voice events. I often ask to help plan and help to set it up.”

Reece has become a valued member of the school’s Student Voice team, supporting the successful running of school events including careers evenings, Bee Kind Club and Bike Fest which has raised in total more than £6,000.

Assistant principal Sarah Riley added: “Reece has successfully become the student voice lead for the charity committee and it is a pleasure to see him flourish in his role over the last few years as he now supports younger students in the academy too.

“We are very proud of Reece and his achievements.”