VidaVia have been lucky enough to work with Sefton CVS for a number of years. This has been quite an education.
We built the VCF Direct online directory to voluntary services which forms the backbone to the Sefton CVS online service.
VCF Direct holds extensive/detailed data on the voluntary groups that operate in the Sefton (Liverpool region) area of the UK.
For the most part, these voluntary groups tend to serve the voluntary, community and faith sectors (hence the "VCF" bit).
The extent to which the UK is run by voluntary services is made crystal clear by the sheer number and range of services exposed by VCF Direct.