Connect and Participate Expo

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What is the Connect and Participate (CAP) Expo?
Testimonials (Inaugural Expo-2014)Where and when is it going to be held?
Why do we need a CAP Expo?
Why would I go to the CAP Expo?
What are the benefits for your group in having a stall at the Expo?
How does our group apply to participate at the Expo and showcase the benefits of membership?
Who came to the Expo in 2015?
Who will be at the Expo in 2016?
What performances are on four stages?
Who are the event organisers?
Who are the event sponsors?
How can I get to the Expo?

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Applications  are now open for stallholders wanting to be part of the 2017 Connect and Participate  Expo. Applications  will close on 16 December 2016, or earlier if all stalls have been allocated.
You  can apply online or for further information email capexpo@act.gov.au or call 6207 9959.

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What is the Connect and Participate (CAP) Expo?

The CAP Expo is a community event that showcases the range of  opportunities available for Canberrans of all abilities and ages to join groups  and build social connections around common interests. A huge range of  possibilities for connection and participation in the community will be at one  location on one day; from sport and recreation groups, to art, craft, music,  leisure, cultural, performing arts, hobby, social and ‘special interest’  groups.

The  Expo will open doors to new opportunities for all.

People  attending can participate in ‘Come and Try’ activities or simply talk with  people from a wide variety of groups to find out what they might be interested  in.
Groups  represented at the Expo will have a valuable platform to promote themselves and  show what they can offer to new members.

The first Expo was held in 2014 and created to provide people with  an easy way to discover new ways to participate in their community. Being  engaged in the community and connecting with others is important for health and  wellbeing; in contrast, social isolation can be linked to health risks.

This Expo ‘does the work’  for people who would like to know more, and get started on a plan to  participate and connect with others for enjoyment (with the added bonus of  improving their health and wellbeing).

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Where and when is it going to be held?

When: Saturday 25 March 2017, 11am-4pm..

Where: Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

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How much does it cost for entry to the event?

The event is free!

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A sample of feedback from patrons:

  • An excellent idea and an excellent day, and a real eye-opener for anyone thinking Canberra might be a boring place to live!
  • We haven't stopped talking about it and how much fun we had seeing what was on offer and trying new things. It’s important to know what’s on – no excuse for being lonely now.
  • We were impressed with the variety of stall holders and performances
  • I didn’t know lots of these groups existed. I got important information I couldn’t get elsewhere.
  • This is great, and I would recommend it to others, because Canberra can be really hard to meet people
  • There was something for everyone. I have 3 kids – 12, 9 and 1 – we all had fun
  • It was a wonderful day and the vibe was so positive and happy on the day it was terrific!
  • Lots of people got the opportunity to try new things and make new friends. You have given them the chance to take the first step.

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Why would I go to the CAP Expo?

The Expo will provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to connect with social, recreational, cultural, artistic, and sporting groups. ‘Special interest’ groups that are often unknown to the community will also be represented at the Expo. Come along with an open mind and who knows what you might discover! There will be something for everyone!

The event will include demonstrations and ‘come and try’ opportunities. You can have direct conversations with key people from interest groups and organisations. They will provide much needed information so you can plan to meet with the group soon, or follow up afterwards.

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What are the benefits for your group in having a stall at the Expo?

  • Showcase what your group offers
  • Increase membership
  • Will have immediate access to people who may be hard to reach
  • Experience the benefits of being an inclusive organisation!

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Who is eligible to have a stall at the Expo?

Eligibility will be based on whether your group, club or organisation:-

  • is inclusive, and
  • provides opportunities for members to meet regularly around a common interest.

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How much does it cost to have a stall at the CAP Expo?

The cost to stall holders in 2017 will be determined based on the following criteria:-

  • Group or club with NO paid staff (ie. administered by volunteers)
  • Group or club with paid staff
  • Community Service Organisation that hosts regular groups who meet around a common interest.

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How does our group apply to participate at the Expo?

Applications  are now open for stallholders wanting to be part of the 2017 Connect and  Participate Expo. Applications  will close on 16 December 2016, or earlier if all stalls have been allocated.
You  can apply online or for further information email capexpo@act.gov.au or call 6207 9959.

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Who was at the Expo in 2016?

View who came to the Expo in 2016.

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Who are the event organisers?

The project is a partnership between government and non-government organisations. For more information, please contact nadia.mcguire@act.gov.au Phone: 02 62079959

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