On Friday 18th December tenants from Springboard West Hampstead, Fulham, Barons Court and Shepherd’s Bush congregated at Elk Bar in Fulham for the Springboard Christmas Party (by all accounts a popular destination!) Springboard residents rarely need an excuse for a party, but we thought the upcoming festive celebrations and/or a few days off work presented a particularly good one, so we ensured that tenants were greeted, courtesy of Springboard, by a glass of bubbly, countless trays of canapes (a mouthwatering selection ranging from dough balls and mini hot dogs, to onion bhajis and crab cakes, profiteroles and cheese cakes alongside just about everything in between!) ((In fact, truth be told we maaay have slightly overordered!)) plus a selection of beer, wine, cocktails and soft drinks.
60 or so Springboarders showed up and with representation from tenants across all our sites, it offered the perfect opportunity to relax, socialise with current house mates, and have a drink and a boogie whilst getting to know new likeminded young people from other Springboard locations across the city. All this of course, done in the best possible taste, with Christmas music and festive decorations galore!
The party carried on late in to the night with the majority of guests heading across the road to firm Springboard favourite, The Slug, whilst a few West Hampstead locals decided to pop by The Betsy Smith in Kilburn on their way home for an additional cocktail or seven.
Thank you to all those who attended on Friday and all those who arrange and support social events at their respective Springboard houses throughout the year, you play an enourmous role in making Springboard the friendly, vibrant and welcoming community it is today.
All that’s left now is for me to wish our Springboard tenants and friends, past, present and future the merriest of Christmasses and a very happy New Year! Whilst we know that returning to London after the holidays can be tough, we hope that coming home to a safe, clean, warm and welcoming Springboard community makes it just that little bit easier.