Connect and Participate Expo


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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).

How much does it cost for entry to the event?

The event is FREE

Why would I go to the CAP Expo?

The Expo provides 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 are represented at the Expo. Come along with an open mind and who knows what you might discover! There is something for everyone!

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

Who are the event organisers?

The project is a partnership between government and non-government organisations. For more information, please email capexpo@act.gov.au

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