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Zoe E Breen Zoe E Breen | 10:15 UK time, Friday, 28 October 2011

Give an Hour and introduce someone to the wonders of the web

According to research carried out for the BBC, 86% of people in the UK who know someone who doesn't use the internet, say they are 'quite likely' or 'very likely' to help someone get online.

Everyone reading this is likely to know something about using computers and the internet. Perhaps you have tips on how to use a mouse, search for a website or shop online. You don’t need to be a web expert to share your skills with someone else, which is why Give an Hour is asking you to give up 60 minutes of your time to do just that.

Fiona Bruce is among the stars encouraging people to Give an Hour and help someone new to the internet to pursue their passion. Be it gardening, cookery or sport, the Give an Hour website is a great place to get learners ‘hooked’ on what the web has to offer.

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A host of famous faces explain how they pursue their passions online.


Former athlete Colin Jackson shows off the BBC Sport website and reveals how he checks out the competition online. You can also download Colin’s guide to 2012 Olympics websites.


Top chef and Something for the Weekend presenter Simon Rimmer explains how he uses search to find recipes and demonstrates how the BBC recipe finder can suggest a meal based on the ingredients in your fridge.


Actress Lesley Manville talks about the importance of health and staying well, her video provides a guide to the NHS Life Check website. There’s also a guide to using this tool alongside Lesley’s video.


Money expert Alvin Hall is an internet evangelist and suggests how you can use the web to take charge of your finances. You can also follow the step-by-step guide to managing your money.

Family history

Actor Larry Lamb introduces a downloadable guide to researching your family tree. In two parts, the guide includes tips on searching census data, tracing marriage records and a jargon buster.

What else?

You’ll also find resources to inspire learners with a passion for dance (with Angela Rippon), nature and wildlife with Bill Oddie, gardening with Carol Klein and staying in touch with Julia Bradbury.

In a heartfelt message, Bill Oddie also urges those offline not to alienate themselves and to have a go at getting online.

Visit the Give an Hour website.

Download the Give an Hour volunteer handbook packed with tips on making the most of your hour.

Zoe Breen is a Senior Producer on WebWise - a beginner's guide to using the internet.


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