Birchwood care home superstar, Elaine, shows artistic skills to decorate our Windsor Support Centre

Elaine from Birchwood who is pictured sitting in her wheelchair with her painting being held by John Godden MBE who is standing along side her

An individual we support at Birchwood care home in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, is proudly looking forward to seeing one of her paintings on public display.

Elaine Baker, who lives at Birchwood, which is operated by Salutem Care and Education and supports people with complex special needs and disabilities, created her masterpiece over many months and was delighted when it caught the eye of our Salutem chief executive, John Godden.

He bought the colourful, modern painting, and it now hangs in our Windsor Support Centre.



Elaine Birchwood painting bought by John Godden MBE


Elaine, who has cerebral palsy and has a visual impairment, has been part of an art group at Birchwood for more than 10 years. Supported by volunteers, members of the group have created, sold and exhibited many pictures, some of which have been used for cards and calendars.

She is currently working on her latest project but is keeping it a secret until the unveiling.

John Godden said: “We have some incredibly talented and creative individuals within our services, and I was blown away by Elaine’s painting. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would find a perfect home in our Windsor head office.

“It is really important to us that everyone within Salutem is supported to live their best lives and Elaine is certainly doing that. I will very proudly show off her artwork to anyone visiting us in Windsor.”