The Health and Social Care Minister has represented the Isle of Man at a meeting of the British-Irish Council.
David Ashford attended the event in Edinburgh on Friday – it was hosted by the Scottish Government and focussed on social inclusion and the role played by carers.
Whilst there Ministers adopted a report called 'Caring for our Carers: Supporting unpaid carers in the British-Irish Council Administrations.'
He said: "In common with many countries around the world the Isle of Man is working to meet the challenges posed by an ageing population and the increasing demand for paid and unpaid care.
"Our carers and third sector organisations do an outstanding job to help vulnerable people.
"The Isle of Man Government is looking to strengthen community partnerships and to put in place appropriate measures of support as part of our efforts to promote a caring and inclusive society.
"The meeting in Edinburgh was positive and productive. By sharing policy, ideas and research, BIC member administrations can learn a great deal from each other’s experience in this area."