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Oxygen appointed to City of Wolverhampton portal tender

City of Wolverhampton Council has appointed The Oxygen Agency to build a new web portal for its HeadStart programme.

City of Wolverhampton Council advertised the Invitation to Tender in March for the design, operation and hosting of the site, which is aimed at improving the mental health of young people in Wolverhampton. Funding for the site comes as part of a Big Lottery Fund award. Some £53m has been allocated to six partnership lead organisations across the UK, including City of Wolverhampton Council, which was granted around £9m for the project.

Richard Anderson, Media and Communications Lead at HeadStart Wolverhampton, said: “The Long Term Objective is to become the ‘go to’ place for young people, parents and families, and professionals locally for information and support on issues of mental health, mental well-being and developing resilience.

“Our Invitation to Tender was very detailed, specifying that the agency appointed should have the ISO27001 information security accreditation, reflecting the high levels of hosting security to manage important and sensitive data.

“Among a high level of response from across the UK, Oxygen met all of our requirements. Their experience in dealing with local authorities and high-profile websites demonstrated to us that they could provide a clear advantage for the council in how the site would be built.”

Oxygen has been appointed to the tender for four years, with an option to extend for one year. Malcolm Buttel, Digital Director at Oxygen, said the project would call on the agency’s experience in building similar portals.

“In the past 24 months we have worked on several similar projects and each requires careful planning and thought in regards to site security. Our ISO27001 accreditation ensures we have the processes in place to think this through, with the confidence that we can build a robust hosting environment with the back-ups and security that meet the exacting needs of City of Wolverhampton Council and HeadStart. We’re looking forward to getting started.”

The HeadStart programme is bringing together partnerships of young people, charities, health commissioners, parents, teachers, GPs and local authorities in Blackpool, Cornwall, Hull, Kent, Newham and Wolverhampton. The initiative will help 10-16 year-olds feel they have support in school, the community and at home, as well as tackling the stigma associated with mental health.

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