Christmas is traditionally a time for giving and spending time with loved ones. And there are few things that truly capture the festive spirit better than enjoying Christmas dinner together.

Unfortunately, this isn’t a luxury that everyone can enjoy, and this is especially true for many homeless people. Christmas can be an incredibly lonely time, and those on the street often find themselves isolated, with no one to turn to.

Official figures released earlier this year show that homelessness has risen across England for the seventh year in a row. However, there are charities and organisations trying to help tackle homelessness and support those less fortunate. At this time of year in particular, there’s plenty you can do to help support those in need, including buying them Christmas dinner.

Centre Point and Social Bite both run initiatives to buy a homeless person Christmas dinner. On their websites you’ll find more information about how you can help, details of how to make a regular donation, and examples of the incredible work both organisations do.

Or, perhaps you’re looking for an advent calendar with a difference this year? You could take part in a reverse advent calendar, by collecting an item a day in the lead up to Christmas and then donating them to a foodbank. Head over to The Trussell Trust’s website to find out where your local foodbank is and the types of thing they currently need.

Other well-known charities such as Shelter and the Big Issue Foundation provide support for homeless people, as well as local charities in your area. Any donation to these causes, big or small, can help support the great work they do, and it can help try to ensure that no one goes hungry this Christmas.