Internet Angels is a government program to create a ‘buddy-system’ of mentors from ordinary people who are comfortable with the web and the internet, to get others, generally friends and family, online:
“He wasnt sure that he wanted to go on the internet. I said ‘come on, well go on Friends Reunited and find your old schoolmates’. To me, its best to hit on someones interests. I taught him by sitting next to him and explaining it, one step at a time. Id say ‘double-click on that’ or ‘type in that box’. Sometimes Id take the mouse to show him, but usually he’d be in control.”
There’s a two-part info pack which prospective Angels can download to get started, which supports them in mentoring and has another part which supports their subject. A nice idea.