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.

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.

Now in its 6th year, 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 do I apply to be a stallholder at the event?

To apply for a stall at the 2019 CAP Expo, go to https://dhcs.smartygrants.com.au/2019_CAP_Expo

How much does it cost for entry to the event?

Costs for stallholders are minimal:

For a group/club with no paid staff: $20

For a group/club with paid staff: $50

For a Community Service Organisation (that hosts groups who meet regularly around a common interest): $100

The event is FREE for participants

Why would I go to the CAP Expo?

For stallholders, the Expo provides a valuable and cost-effective way of increasing visibility of your group or club and recruiting new members/volunteers. It’s also a chance to show off what your group does!

For participations, 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. Every stallholder at the Expo is inclusive of people of all abilities.

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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