The new era of multi-core processing challenges software designers to efficiently exploit the parallelism that is now massively available. Programmers have to exchange the conventional sequential programming paradigm for parallel programming: single-threaded designs must be decomposed into dependent, interacting tasks. The Java programming language has built-in thread support and is therefore suitable for the development of parallel software, but programming multi-threaded applications is a tedious task. Therefore we are working on a framework and tool support to alleviate the burden of threads, synchronisation and locking, based on process networks. This paper describes our initial ideas for this new programming model.