The Family Support Network

This project looks at the future of cancer prevention through supporting young families to make healthy choices for their children. Inequality surrounds many aspects of cancer development. For example, obesity increases a person’s risk of developing 13 known cancers, and children from poorer areas are twice as likely to be obese than children in affluent areas. Through the experience of 21 year-old care worker Lindsay and her son, Sam, we explore the opportunities and benefits of a connected family support system using collective intelligence. I’ve designed a network, within which healthcare services and community agencies work in collaboration with the food industry to sustain a more proactive and inclusive family support network.

There are three major aspects to the Family Support Network; its accessibility, dietary support, and the fact that it is a dynamic, self-developing system.



Future World Map

This map forms the basis of the future world we developed within the cancer Prevention and Detection group linked in the project bio. This future world led me to explore the socioeconomic links to cancer development and base my project on preventing these factors.

The Family Support Network project intoduction


This storyboard explores the key themes of Lindsay's 2020 experience of mother-hood in relation to her and her babies health. Obstacles in her current experience are used to inform Lindsay's 2030 experience of motherhood using the Family Support Network,

Dietary Support

Lindsay's 2030 experience of motherhood using the Family Support Network is illustrated through three major aspects: Accessibility, Dietary Support and Dynamic Network. The gif above explores key themes of Dietary Support


Ex-participants are able to join the network and train as keyworkers in the network. The sense of community this creates enables rich feedback from group attendees in the knowledge that those running the network and those participating in it have, to some extent, a shared experience.