Ballycullen social entrepreneur to work with local care workers

by Rachel Cunningham
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Dublin social entrepreneur and founder of Cultural Competencies Ireland, Nessrine Zouai, is aiming
to develop and facilitate in-person cultural competency training, equipping social workers with the
skills needed to support and advocate for people from a migrant background. 

According to Tusla, 5,882 children were in care at the end of 2020. The entrepreneur highlighted the importance of professionals being skilled in ensuring migrant childrens cultural and religious needs are being met, as well as being aware of cultural practices, communication methods and how these differ from our own.

Nessrine Zouai

The SEI Ideas Academy is a three-month programme providing social entrepreneurs with the support and direction they need to help them kick-start their idea and take the initial steps to tackle the problem at hand. 

The graduating social entrepreneurs now have the opportunity to pitch for seed funding from a total pot of €40,000 to pilot their idea. They will pitch to a panel of judges comprising of sector experts, leading entrepreneurs and SEI staff for up to €5,000.   
Commenting, Lydia Redmond, Programme Manager, said: “The Ideas Academy is special in that the participants are at the crucial first stage of their social entrepreneurship. Over the past three months, these budding social entrepreneurs have received the direction they need to taketheir first steps from idea to action.” 
Social Entrepreneurs Ireland will launch its next call for applications in Spring 2023. For more information, visit

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