What skills will I need? Many volunteering roles are designed to help you gain skills and experience, so you will not need to have those particular skills before you start volunteering. However, there are some roles that require relevant skills, experience or qualifications such as accountancy or counselling. Many organisations will have a written role description that describes exactly what, if any, experience or skills you should have before starting to volunteer. Find out more about what to expect from an organisation as a volunteer, including a clear description of your role.