Local residents were consulted about the principles of restoration, and regular progress meetings were established. These monthly meetings led to the setting up of the Friends of Chatterley Whitfield in 2001, and many of the people who attended the meetings also joined the Friends.
The Partnership organised trips so that residents could see other projects and learn from their experiences. These included:
- Haig Colliery in Cumbria
- New Lanark in Scotland
- Chatham Docks in Kent
- several regeneration projects in Yorkshire
- various renewable energy projects
Funding from the Single Regeneration Budget for Young People paid for the renovation of part of the Main Office, but this was never brought into use. This funding also paid for Beavers Arts to work with young people to create a multimedia CD-ROM about the site.