The Quentin Buckle Study Grant

The Quentin Buckle Study Grant honours a lifelong commitment to human rights, community, social justice and advocacy. The study grant will support its recipient/s from a refugee background to undertake or continue education or training in their chosen field.

 

The Quentin Buckle Study Grant has among its generous supporters:

  • Portland House Foundation.
  • The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture.  

NB: The Quentin Buckle Study Grant is only available to clients of Foundation House and is an internal nomination process only. External nominations are not eligible for consideration.

Quentin Buckle (1953 – 2003)

Founding Member of the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture
VFST Board of Management Member 1988 - 2001
VFST Life Member (Awarded in December 2001)


Quentin Buckle, a fiercely committed human rights and social justice activist for 30 years, died on February 26, 2003.

In Melbourne in the 1980s, Quentin was very active in solidarity with people struggling against repression in Iran and Chile. His experience with Chileans led directly to his work in founding the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture.

 

Quentin was prominent in the youth and homelessness services sector in Victoria, serving as the first Executive Officer of the National Youth Coalition for Housing and later helping to reshape the Victorian Government’s approach to homelessness.

 

In his later years in Sydney, Quentin, who was of Anglo-Indian descent, worked with activists in the emerging Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender communities in Asia and the Pacific. He did voluntary planning work with the Humsafar Trust, the AIDS organisation in Mumbai, helping it expand its services over five public hospitals in Mumbai and other areas.

 

He was a member of the Asia-Pacific Rainbow Network and played a major role at its first assembly. His work in this area was crowned by his championing of the outreach and diversity programs for the Sydney Gay Games 2002, including the very successful scholarship program, and in the Amnesty-sponsored human rights conference during that time.

 

More details about the Quentin Buckle Study Grant

 
As a founding member, and later life member, Quentin made an outstanding contribution to the VFST. Quentin advocated for Foundation House to be a service that is holistic in its approach, grounded in the community and committed to valuing the cultural diversity of the people with whom it works. There is no doubt that Foundation House is an infinitely better place as a consequence. In some important and fundamental ways, much of what the VFST has achieved in its 20 year history and what it has become is because of Quentin and his often dogged commitment to move things forward. 
 
The Quentin Buckle Study Grant has been developed in Quentin's memory as a means of honouring his lifelong commitment to human rights, community, social justice and advocacy. The Study Grant will support its recipient from a refugee background to undertake or continue education or training in their chosen field as they build a life in Australia.

There is capacity for other donors to support the study grant by contributing funds on a one-off or ongoing basis. For further information about contributing to the Quentin Buckle Study Grant, please contact us by phone on (03) 9388 0022 or by email at info@foundationhouse.org.au