The Friends of the Hayes group seeks to promote artistic, educational and ecological activities through the use of the house and the grounds, with members both helping to run activities and enjoying taking part in them. Many friends are also interesting in helping to maintain the grounds, creating more accessible pathways and restoring the historic fabric of the house.

The Friends of the Hayes is run by a committee elected at an annual general meeting. A Friends membership is currently £16 for twelve months. Membership fees are used to buy materials for activities and support other costs of running events.