It’s easy to get swept up in all of the festivities and merriment that Christmas brings. But when it comes down to it, and excuse the cliche, this inevitable consumerist indulgence is actually very far removed from what the festive period should be about. There are thousands of people in the UK alone for whom Christmas is a particularly difficult time of year. Not only does the drop in temperature bring a range of issues for rough sleepers, but the focus on family can leave those without feeling lonely and desperate. Luckily there are a range of charities, organisations and initiatives that have been started over the years in order to help make the festive period that little bit better for those in need. So if you’re looking for a more fulfilling way to spend your time and pennies this Christmas, then consider the following ideas.